Creation Time Worship

I-G Presbytery Worship 1                                           by Rev. Ali Smith


 Creation Time began joyfully in Whycocomagh.  A full church sang out “Called by Earth and Sky” while four fabric banners of earth, air fire, and water were carried down the aisle.  This signalled the beginning of the Inverness-Guysborough Presbytery-wide worship service.

“We have been doing some visioning and getting some feedback from congregations about what they need from Presbytery, ” explained Nan Corrigan, DM, Presbytery Chair.  “One of the things we heard was that they needed to hear from us more often.”

 The Presbytery got to work connecting churches in its small communities.  Through pulpit exchanges, clergy luncheons and retreats, churches have been getting to know each other.  Then, the idea of a combined service came to mind.

 “We used to have a summer worship service at Whycocomagh Park,” said Corrigan.  “There seemed to be a longing to do that again.  We picked up on that.” 

 In the end, rain brought the service indoors to Stewart United Church but Creation was still front and centre. 

“Communion was element-centred as was the whole worship service.  The scripture for the day was Genesis 1 and 2 told as an amazing story,” recalled Corrigan.  Music also played an important part. 

 Corrigan said, “We put together a Presbytery band for the event.  Before worship began, we had a sing-a-long and part of the communion liturgy was sung.”

 Most in attendance were United Church folk drawing some from the larger community.  All enjoyed a picnic supper together afterward.

 “It was really life-giving for lots of us.  We had really positive feedback,” reflects Corrigan.  “We were able to involve people from across the Presbytery.  We don’t often have experiences like this in very many of our little congregations.” 

 Corrigan encourages other Presbyteries to give this a try.  As she says, “It can only strengthen the connections between Pastoral Charges and can change the way people perceive Presbytery.”