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Worship

Here you will find information about worshiping at Hosanna including service times, general practices, communion, baptism, music, weddings, & funerals.


What times are Sunday services?

  • Sunday morning worship is at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We switch to one service during the summer months (mid-May to Labour Day). Check our calendar for service times.

  • Are there services held on non-Sundays?

  • The gathering of the community on Sunday morning is our main family worship, each Sunday signifying a mini-celebration of the resurrection. Worship may and does take place at other times. See our calendar.

  • Are there special services during certain seasons?

  • Our life together follows the cycle of the Church year: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, Lent/Easter and Pentecost. To enrich our celebration of the seasons and to deepen our growth in faith, we have mid-week worship, often together with other growth opportunities, during Advent and Lent.

  • Worship Overview


    What does a 'typical' service at Hosanna look like?

  • Worship can take many forms at Hosanna, but it always invites our participation and response. It's purpose is to draw us into the centre, which is Word and Sacrament (baptism and communion), where God invites, feeds, nurtures and forms us. Our worship most often uses the order of Gathering, Word, Meal (or Thanksgiving), Sending.

  • What liturgy does Hosanna use?

  • "Liturgy" is a word that belongs to the whole church and means "the work of the people". It has been used in connection with worship for many centuries. At Hosanna, many people can be involved in planning liturgy and all are involved in living it out in worship. We may use an ancient form of liturgy or a form of liturgy which we ourselves have written.

  • Are children included in the service?

  • Family means family. When we gather on Sunday for worship, we all gather together. Certain Sundays of the year will have an emphasis toward children, all worship planning takes all age groups into consideration. There is a room available for you to take your younger children when you feel there is a need.

  • What hymnal does Hosanna use?

  • Hosanna includes music and worship forms from across the spectrum of the church, both in depth and breadth. Our main resource is entitled "Evangelical Lutheran Worship".

  • What version of the Bible does Hosanna use?

  • We encourage people to read the scriptures in many different translations and forms for their own devotional use. In public worship and in other times of public proclamation, we use the New Revised Standard Version, primarily for consistency.

  • What version of the Lord's Prayer does Hosanna use?

  • The Lord's Prayer is universal throughout the church. The form used almost exclusively for our worship is the one provided by the International Commission on the English Text.

  • What Creeds does Hosanna use?

  • We subscribe to the historic creeds of the Christian Church, Apostles', Nicene and Athanasian, often using one of them in worship. We will also use other creeds, depending on the day. For example, when we celebrate the anniversary of our relationship with our sister congregation, Divine Redeemer, in El Salvador, we use a Central American Creed, in order to show our solidarity with them.

  • Communion


    Who is allowed to commune at Hosanna?

  • The sacrament of the altar (communion) is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself. All who are called to be disciples of the risen Christ are welcome at the Lord's table.

  • How is communion practiced at Hosanna?

  • Christ invites us into communion (fellowship) with him. We celebrate by gathering around the table. If, for reasons of age or disability you are unable to join us around the table, we will bring the elements to you, either in the pew, or in your own home or residence.

  • How often is communion served?

  • Communion is offered every Sunday when we gather for worship, either at one or both of our worship services, and on the first Sunday of each month if we are serving you in your home or residence. See the calendar.

  • Does Hosanna serve wine or grape juice during communion?

  • Both. Wine is traditionally served, but grape juice is available for anyone who requests it; just ask your communion server.

  • Does Hosanna use a common cup or individual cups?

  • Both. The common cup is available, and individual glasses can be picked up from baskets on your way to the table.

  • Baptism

  • For questions concerning baptism our beliefs, and practices, please contact our pastor.

  • Weddings & Funerals


    Do I need to be a member of Hosanna to have my wedding here?

  • No, you do not have to be a member to have your wedding here. Please see our wedding policy.

  • Who can I speak to about getting married at Hosanna?

  • Please contact the church office for any inquiries about getting married, the wedding, and marriage.

  • Who can I speak to about funeral arrangements at Hosanna?

  • Please contact the church office regarding funeral arrangements and any pastoral and grief support. The funeral information link may also answer any questions you have.

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