God invites each of us into relationship, but what that relationship looks like and feels like will be different for each person. Some will feel closest to God in nature, others by reading scripture, still others while making music, or in prayer or in a variety of other ways. But what is consistent, is that we engage with God by deeply and authentically engaging with our lives. And when we do this, we find the capacity to more deeply and authentically engage with the life of the world.
Throughout the season of Lent, where the tradition has often been to “give something up”, this year we invite you to "take something on.” In the weeks between Ash Wednesday on February 14th and Easter Day on March 31st Metropolitan will be offering a variety of spiritual experiences for you to try out with the hope that each one of us will make an ongoing commitment - a covenant - to build our own spiritual practices for the betterment of God’s world.
All are welcome to participate in these programs, services, concerts and events. Click through for more information.
In partnership with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, a wide range of singers and instrumentalists present free 45-minute noon hour concerts every Thursday.
The second Canadian performance of Bach’s Markus Passion, BWV 247, as reconstructed by Robert Koolstra (2017). The Met Choir and Baroque Orchestra are joined by Evangelist Philippe Gagné, and Clarence Frazer as Jesus. Jonathan Oldengarm, direction and continuo. Pre-concert talk by Jonathan Oldengarm at 6:30 pm. Pre-concert organ recital at 7:00 pm. Tickets ($40 in-person; $17 online).
LENTEN DAILY OFFICE
Monday to Friday, 8- 8:15 am (on Zoom)
Daily practice of scripture, prayer, and action using the writings of the renowned Henri Nouwen.
Feb 22nd, 7-8 pm (in-person and Zoom)
Explore the spirituality and meditative aspects of knitting, led by Brian Watkins.
CLOCK MAKING & REPAIR
Feb 27th, 7-8 pm (in-person and Zoom)
Rev. Dan Benson invites us to consider the craft of making and repairing timeless things.
CREATING, PERFORMING & LISTENING TO MUSIC
Feb 29th, 12pm
With Dr Jonathan Oldengarm - in-person and livestream as part of the Noon at Met concert.
Mar 3rd, 12:30-1:30 pm (in-person, for parents & kids)
Explore the joys and challenges of “parenting while Christian” with Rev. Jason.
PILGRIMAGE AND WALKING
Mar 6th, 7-8 pm (in-person and Zoom)
Rev. Jason explores walking with intention & the spirituality of putting one foot in front of the other.
Mar 21st, 5:30-6:30 pm (in-person and Zoom)
Feel the Spirit by getting your hands dirty. With Rev. Jim and Dorcas Beaton.
Every Monday at 8:00 pm (on Zoom)
Based on the work of Abbot Thomas Keating, Thomas Merton and others, Centring Prayer is a method of Christian meditation that places a strong emphasis on interior silence and the centring of oneself on the presence of God. Our gatherings will be very simple: a time of grounding and then an extended period of silence to open our hearts and minds to God. The Zoom sessions are led by Leah Darke and former Jesuit priest, Tchawbaw Cabafi.
Every Tuesday at 12:30 pm (in person in the Founders Chapel and on Zoom)
All are welcome for this simple service of Word and Table following the Celtic Christian tradition. Join us during your lunch break for some spiritual nourishment!
BIBLE STUDY - THREE TO CHOOSE FROM!
Every Thursday at 1:00 pm (in person and on Zoom)
Our hybrid knitting group meets on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. We meet in person in the Sunday School room on the lower level (come to the north-east entrance door) or by Zoom. All knitters, stichers, and crocheters of all skill levels are most welcome to join.
We being our Holy Week Services a service of word, table and foot washing. Maundy Thursday takes its name from the latin ‘mandatum’, meaning ‘commandment’, in reference to the new commandment Jesus gives his disciples at the Last Supper (John 13:34). This service is in-person only.
Out of anguish we see light. We gather for this solemn and powerful service to walk with Jesus to Golgotha and encounter his crucifixion and death on the cross. In-person and livestream.
The Vigil is about sitting with the disciples in their grief before moving into the holy mystery of Easter morning. This service marks the transition from Holy Week to Easter, from Passion to Resurrection, from death to life. In-person and livestream.
Hallelujah! We mark Easter with Holy Communion, The Metropolitan Choir & Silver Band. In-person and livestream.