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Worship Resources

The work of the people in our communities of faith continues from week to week, Sunday by Sunday, and throughout the year. We hope the resources available below and the links listed here will assist your worshipping community.

Sunday Pulpit Supply

For a list of people who are able to do pulpit supply for ministers’ vacation coverage in the summer and who are quite comfortable using online worship tools, such as Zoom, please contact Donna Rutz at drutz@united-church.ca.

Regional Prayer List

Each year, from the start of January until the end of December, your community of faith is invited into weekly prayer for one another, following an intentional community of faith prayer list which includes each church across Shining Waters Regional Council. You’re welcome to share this list with your church leaders, administrators and council, and others in your ministry areas, to include our wider community in your weekly prayers, bulletins, power points, newsletters, etc.

2023 SWRC Prayer List

Prayer Calender 2023 – (PDF 54 pages) A presentation of SWRC communities of faith to remember in prayer every Sunday throughout 2023


United In Worship Project

The United in Worship Project resources are available to all United Churches.  Their aim is to provide ready-to-use materials for communities of faith currently worshipping without clergy and/or untrained lay-members.

Material includes:

  • Order of Service
  • Digital Presentation
  • Sermon Text
  • Video Sermon

There is an annual subscription fee of $224.00 for access from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.  This reflects the cost of ONE PULPIT SUPPLY for the year and provides a minimum of 52 weeks of worship for the year plus all the archives.

For more information, please see their website:  https://www.united-in-worship.ca/

Other Resources

The Revised Common Lectionary – scripture readings for the coming week and table of readings for the current season.

The Text This Week –  helpful essays and resources for study, reflection and liturgy pertaining to each week’s lectionary texts.

The United Church of Canada Worship Resources – weekly resources, upcoming special celebrations and liturgical dates, and featured seasonal themes.


Shining Waters Sermon Project

As congregations continue to worship online, Shining Waters Regional Council has been curating worship resources for communities of faith.
The Shining Waters Sermon Project features students from within the Region who have recorded sermons and scripture readings for communities of faith within Shining Waters Regional Council to utilize as they wish. These video recordings are produced in the hope that churches will engage a diversity of voices within their communities on Sundays when ministry personnel are in need of time to be with their community in different ways. The topics discussed in the various videos include anti-racism, mental health, queer theology and communal responsibility.

Watch for new videos as they get added to the Shining Waters Sermon Project page.

For more information about the project please contact, Jeffrey Dale, Minister for Faith Formation, Youth and Young Adults at jdale@united-church.ca.

Staff Support



Minister, Justice and Faith Formation

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: jdale@united-church.ca 

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council and Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Guthrie office

Role: Jeffrey encourages and connects communities of faith with matters of faith and justice and the regional council in youth and young adult ministry and matters of faith formation and liaises with the General Council in this regard.

Contact Jeffrey about: Affirming Ministry; Camping Ministries; Faith Formation; Guaranteed Income; Harm Reduction; Homelessness; Poverty; Social and Eco-justice; Worship and Music; Youth and Young Adult Ministry, United Church Women (UCW)