Sundays at 10 a.m.
Worship is at the heart of our community and is the best expression of who we are and what is important to us as a church community. In worship we come together to praise and celebrate, to express our gratitude, and to acknowledge the paintful parts of life. Our worship reflects our diversity as a community.
Preaching takes a prominent role in the service, and both the music and message inspire and challenge us as a Christian community for the week ahead. Communion is served the first Sunday of each month and is open to all.
The music is infectious, sometimes upbeat and lively, sometimes contemplative. It comes from all corners of the globe, wherever Christian communities gather to worship. We sing hymns to tango tunes and chant psalms in Swahili, a mixture of ancient and modern, drawing largely from our United Church Hymn Book (Voices United). The texts of our hymns remind us of the common humanity we all share in the image of God.
There are several ways you can participate in the musical life of St. Andrew's, including: hand bell choir, dancers, drumming circle, cantors, soloists and guest musicians.
St. Andrew's Hand Bell Choir
The St. Andrew's hand bell choir consists of ringers from our church as well as the community at large. The hand bells participate in the worship service of our church as well as sharing our music with the community and other churches.
We play on a 4-octave Malmark set of hand bells and hand chimes. We perform a variety of music from sacred to secular, traditional to modern. Our rehearsals are every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 pm.
If you have ever wanted to play another instrument, play in a group or simply have fun making music, bell ringing may be for you. There are no auditions, no fees. Music and instruments are provided. The ability to read music is an asset.
CD cover artwork by Sarah Hale.
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Move the Mountain - Cantos de Liberacion
William Ramirez and friends
These songs have all been played and sung in worship at St. Andrew's United Church, Edmonton, but their sources are varied and deep. They come from Latin America - wherever oppression is confronted with human hope. While they come from different places and times, they all speak of the universal quest for human dignity and justice.
William Ramirez has woven the hope of these songs through his own experience as a church musician in El Salvador, California, New York, Toronto and Edmonton to create a sound that truly embraces the diversity of a suffering and beautiful world.