Worship and Spiritual Growth

If you are looking for a Sunday service we are offering them online and in-person at 10:30 a.m. Streaming info:

To watch via Twitch 
To watch on YouTube
To watch on Facebook 

Wishing you and yours all the best for 2023. Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Thought for the Week

“Following on from last week, the Lectionary this week explores the interconnectedness of our intimacy with God and our lives lived in justice and mercy. It also begins a short Epiphany journey through the Sermon on the Mount. Without a lived expression of our intimacy with God, our faith is little more than platitudes and dreams. But, in a challenging call this week, the Scriptures demonstrate how we find God in the poorest, the weakest and the most vulnerable among us, and how as we work for justice and mercy, we participate in God’s reign and God’s life. There is no division between justice and worship, between ministry and liturgy, in the Gospel. And so we are called to embrace a vibrant relationship with God that is manifest and experienced in a vibrant interaction with the world. May we find God not just in our sanctuaries this week, but also in the world we enter into as we live through the week. John van de Laar

John’s weekly devotional can be found at https://sacredise.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/2023-01-29-02-04.pdf

Adele M. Wilding (Jazz Vocalist/Composer)

Inaugural Winner of the 2005 BWA Nina Simone Award in London, England, Adèle M. Wilding is a contemporary jazz vocalist whose performances and recordings showcase her gifts as composer and arranger. Her rich, soul inflected vocals, her original works and interpretations of jazz and pop standards have earned her recognition on both sides of the Atlantic. Wilding has performed in fine venues, jazz worship series and festivals in Canada and the UK. She has toured Western Canada four times, appearing with several of the region’s finest jazz, blues, gospel and soul artists. She has released five commercial products, including her Christmas cover of Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Shepherds’ (2016), and pas de deux (2020), an EP of original songs produced and recorded with esteemed Canadian jazz pianist/multi-instrumentalist, Miles Black. She has also appeared as Guest Vocalist for the Miles Black Trio, performing the vocal version of ‘Hymn To Freedom’, from Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite. She has also served as Creative Director/Producer/Performer in fundraising and Canada 150 events on the West Coast. In October 2017, Wilding premiered her acclaimed live music project, ‘Caribbean & Blue’ in North Burnaby, BC. ‘Caribbean and & Blue’ consists of original works and standards set to a fusion of contemporary jazz & Caribbean grooves. In November 2021, Wilding launched the ‘Studio 3 Livestream Series’, which she performs with leading jazz musicians from the Winnipeg music scene. Adele’s most recent performance was at the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival in June 2022. Born in England to British and Barbadian parents and educated in Canada, Europe and the UK, Wilding’s musical training culminated in a Master of Arts in Music Education (UOL Institute of Education), and Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music Studies: Performance, Composition and Arranging (UOL Goldsmiths College, now Goldsmiths University). “Exceptional singer…Challenging and engaging arrangements […]” – Keith Ames, Musician Magazine (2007)

Jesse Popeski (guitar)

Jesse began learning the guitar at a young age with private instructors, continuing his education at the U of M where he received his BMus, specializing in jazz guitar.  Jesse performs regularly in Winnipeg as a freelance guitarist, playing ina variety of styles with cover bands and jazz groups.  He’s a member of the creative folk trio Casati, and has toured across Canada performing with the group.  Jessie is also Artistic Director of the chai Folk Ensemble, who perform traditional Israeli music each year at Folklorama and at other events in Winnipeg and worldwide.  http://www.casatiband.com/  https://www.facebook.com/chai.folk.ensemble/

Luc Guénette (bassist)

Luc is as comfortable playing jazz as he is accompanying Motown, Rock and Soul.  With over a thousand performances in experience, Luc has been a go-to freelance bassist for every type of ensemble.  Luc has studied with some of the best jazz bassists like Julliard’s Ben Wolfe and John Clayton.


“Spirituality involves the recognition of a feeling or sense or belief that there is something greater than [one]self, something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater whole of which we are part is cosmic or divine in nature.

“Spirituality means knowing that our lives have significance in a context beyond a mundane everyday existence at the level of biological needs that drive selfishness and aggression. It means knowing that we are a significant part of a purposeful unfolding of Life in our universe.

“Spirituality involves exploring certain universal themes – love, compassion, altruism, life after death, wisdom and truth, with the knowledge that some people such as saints or enlightened individuals have achieved and manifested higher levels of development than the ordinary person. Aspiring to manifest the attributes of such inspirational examples often becomes an important part of the journey through life for spiritually inclined people.”

Dr.Maya Spencer


Weekly worship anchors our spirituality, and provides an opportunity for the community to gather (virtually and in-person) to hear our shared story, and to engage in a shared experience.

Worship reminds us of who we are and whose we are.

Worship helps to shape our understanding of what it means to walk in the way of Christ.

Worship helps reinforce a rhythm for our lives.

Worship allows us to enact through ritual, story-telling, music and prayer our core belief in a God of peace, justice, compassion, healing and hope who invites us to practice the same things.


Sunday morning worship at Crescent Fort Rouge generally follows a predictable pattern of gathering in God’s name; hearing and reflecting on the intersection between the ancient faith story and the story of our own lives and time; responding to what has been heard; and going out with a commission to be actively engaged in the world.

Our worship respects the rich heritage and traditions of the Christian faith, while holding up a progressive and contemporary theology.

Our worship is designed to actively engage all of the senses, and welcome the participation of all.

Music is an integral part of our worship life, and we offer music in a wide range of styles and genres.

We come together around the Lord’s Table through the sacrament of communion six or seven times a year.

We worship in-person and online. Please join us at:

To join via Zoom, click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89592579513?pwd=UWo1MERacndZSVNIZEdELzZiK2Z4Zz09
Meeting ID: 895 9257 9513   Passcode: Worship

To watch via Twitch https://twitch.tv/crescentfortrougelive

To watch on YouTube CFRUC Live

To watch on Facebook Live go to https://www.facebook.com/marc.whitehead.37


In addition to regular Sunday morning worship, we also offer worship experiences at other times to mark special days or occasions. These include such things as Pet Blessings, Blue Christmas services, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.


CFRUC provides opportunities to recognize significant life passages with ritual and celebration such as Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings and Funerals.

Services to Recognize Other Life Transitions

We also work with individuals to create meaningful rituals to mark significant life passages such as moving to a new home, divorce, miscarriage, adopting a child, or seeking healing after trauma or violence.

Please contact our minister if you would like to explore some of the possibilities. cfruc@mymts.net


Prayer Group — Weekly prayer gatherings via Zoom will continue Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30am. Contact CFRUC@mymts.net for more info.


In many faith traditions, it is customary to pray at specific times of day. The discipline of morning prayer allows one to start a day grounded in God, and the intention to be mindful of God’s presence in all that unfolds.

A Selection of Prayers for Morning


The prayer of examen, is a traditional form of “end of day prayer” which invites reflection on the day that is past, an expression of gratitude for what has been experienced, and an opportunity to explore in greater depth God’s presence in our lives. Our friends at The Work of The People  https://www.theworkofthepeople.com/ have created a contemporary expression of this ancient form of prayer.

For a version of the Examen, please click here.


If you are looking for online resources for home devotions, the following sites are highly recommended.

Frederick Buechner

The Center for Contemplation and Action



If you want to do some more intentional study, a variety of online programs and webinars are available through:

The Abbey of the Arts

The United Church of Canada

Adult Study Group — From time to time we hold study sessions on a wide variety of topics. Sometimes we do a study of Bible passages. At other times we look at social justice and world issues with a view to understanding them in light of our faith. Sometimes we do these studies within our own congregation. At other times we link up with our friends at Churchill Park and Harrow United Churches or other groups in the community.

We encourage you to look at the Events page on this website or go to our Facebook page to find out when these study sessions are being held.


One time tested way of nurturing the spirit is to maintain the disciple of keeping a journal. During this time of  self-isolation we invite you to join others in a 28 day journaling challenge. Click here for a list of daily prompts. Self-Isolation Challenge


Children (age 3 – 12) — Children are encouraged to begin their Sunday morning church experience with the gathered community in worship. This time with adults includes a theme conversation with one of the ministers and introduces children to the concept of worship. Following this time, the children participate in age appropriate activities designed to introduce them to faithful living. We make use of a variety of teaching activities: drama, music, cooking, art, science, games and more. Parents and guardians of very young children are welcome to attend this program with their young ones until the children feel comfortable enough to attend the class on their own.

Youth (ages 13 and up) — About once a month our youth gather for conversation and activities related to church and faith. In the recent past there have been trips to community ministries, the Human Rights Museum, and fund raising events. Our youth periodically take leadership roles in Sunday morning worship and often look for ways to offer service to folk in our congregation and beyond.




The Bubble Who Would Not Pop by Shelly Roark

A while ago, at Messy Church, we read a book “The Bubble Who Would Not Pop” by Shelly Roark. In the story a little girl sends her prayer up to God in a bubble. After we read the story, we had fun making bubbles out in our Churchyard. We used hoops of wire, pipe cleaners, water bottles with the bottoms cut out and lots of other things that the grownups hadn’t even thought of, trying to make the biggest, strongest bubbles that we could.

Super Duper Giant Bubble recipe

  • 6 cups of water
  • ½ cup Blue Dawn dish soap
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon glycerine

Stir it gently with a whisk and keep the whisk handy because you’ll need to stir it again as the cornstarch settles.

Can you make a square bubble?  Take a picture of you sending a prayer to God in a bubble and post it on FaceBook.


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