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Worship at Emanuel is at once identifiably Lutheran and varied and innovative. We use many distinctively different orders of service (liturgies). All of these take their form from the Mass and include the celebration of Holy Communion, but they are very different in their music and mood. These include:

  • Joyous liturgies that use music from the gospel and spiritual traditions of Christian worship
  • Traditional liturgies from Lutheran sources
  • Somber and meditative liturgies based in plain song and chant
  • A service based in the liturgy that comes from the New Zealand Prayer Book

Worship at Emanuel uses inclusive language and does not refer to God in male terms, in the belief that such a limitation does not do justice to the God in whom we live and move and have our being.

Music in the congregation is led by a vocal choir and enhanced by a handbell choir. In addition to Emanuel's pipe organ, music is also made and accompanied on a synthesizer and piano and various other instruments. Emanuel follows the readings from the Lectionary, which is a three year cycle of lessons that trace the life of Christ and tell the Christian story each year. There are midweek services during Lent, accompanied by a simple soup supper, and all the major festivals of the year are observed by the community of faith in New Brunswick.

We invite you to browse the tabs above to find out more about music and worship at Emanuel.