Our Worship

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All Saints' Church, Jericho Ibadan is an ecumenical church comprising Anglicans, Methodist and Presbyterians, and this ecumenism is conspicuous in its worship. Members worship the Lord as a body and denominationalism is deliberately played down. However, in keeping with Section VII paragraphs I and II of the Constitution of the Church, services, including Holy Communion, are held regularly according to the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian liturgies, following the approximate proportion of two of the first (i.e. Anglican), to one each of the other two (i.e. Methodist and Presbyterian), so that, as far as possible, there shall be at least one of each form monthly. Other forms of worship could be brought in with the approval of Church Council.

The Church has a tradition of inviting Guest Preachers from the three denominations, and occasionally outside them. This affords members the opportunity of listening to the Word of God preached by a variety of clergymen other than the Minister of the Church and his Assistant. This practice adds a fillip to worship in All Saints' Church. It must be added that lay-people -- members and non- members -- preach occasionally at services.

Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs, or even with its blessings but with God Himself. In 2 Samuel 7:18-22 we see David acknowledging the Sovereignty of God and occupying his heart with God Himself because of what He is. During worship in All Saints' Church, members' hearts are occupied with God Himself.

Worship must be spiritual and sincere. St John's Gospel, Chapter 4, Verse 24 says, "Worship Him in spirit and in truth". Members are always urged by Priest to allow the Holy Spirit to lead them in worship and to let the words of their lips be true, sincere and genuine expressions of their inmost being.

In All Saints' Church, we have an arranged pattern of services every month. Every Sunday at 7.30 a.m., we have the Holy Communion service. At 9.30 a.m., we have Mattins and at 6.00 p.m., we have Evensong, Community Hymn Singing by Groups or General Community Hymn Singing. Every first Sunday of the month, services in the morning are marked with Monthly and Birthday Thanksgiving. In the evening at 6.00 p.m., the monthly Holy Communion Service is held. The evening of the second Sunday of every month is designated for the General Community Hymn Singing during which the history of hymns is cited before rendition. The third Sunday of every month is marked with Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m. and on the last Sunday of every month, we have a service at 9.30 a.m. with Praise and Worship choruses.

Occasional and festival services like Weddings, Baptism and Churching, Confirmation, Birthdays, Carols, Funerals, Harvests, Anniversaries and others are also held. Services like these attract non-members who have always enjoyed worshipping in our church.

To enrich worshipping and ministration, the Drama Group of the Youth Fellowship occasionally presents playlets that teach spiritual lessons. Also, the Youth Choir occasionally ministers to the congregation in songs and this always lifts up the souls of God's people. On the last Sunday evening of every quarter, the Youth Fellowship presents what they have tagged "EXALTED PRAISE". This is an admixture of songs, drama, exhortation and prayers. It must be mentioned that every Sunday before Mattins starts at 9.30a.m., the Praise and Worship team formed by the Youth Fellowship renders Praise and Worship choruses for the congregation. This presentation prepares the minds of members for the worship of God Almighty. All these activities of the Youth Fellowship spice up worship in All Saints' Church.

The Choir, backed by accomplished organists and a seasoned Choirmaster, is reputed for beautiful renditions. This regular performance raises the standard of worship and attracts people to our church, especially during Carols, Choir Festival and other Occassional Services.

To set the stage for worship among the young ones, the Church has a virile Teenage Ministry and a Sunday School manned by seasoned, disciplined and dedicated teachers. John Bunyan (1628- 1688) the great Baptist preacher once said, "Those who run from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day". And Psalm 63: 1 says, "0 God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee..." We, in All Saints' Church, want our young ones to seek and find God early in their lives so that when they grow up into adulthood, they will not depart from the path of righteousness and holiness. This system has always yielded good dividends as it has produced devoted and committed adults going into the main Church. This system also perpetuates the life of the Church.

A new dimension was introduced into worship in All Saints' Church a few years ago. This is the "Anointing Service" held every Wednesday afternoon at 12 noon. This one-hour service IS characterized by Praise and Worship choruses, Testimonies, Exhortations, Prayers and Anointing of worshippers by the
Priest. This service which is attended by members and non-members of the Church, has transformed many souls, and worshippers have received abundant blessings through it.

By and large, the standard of worship in All Saints' Church is very high, and members enjoy worshipping God in the beauty of holiness and in the awe of God with all humility and tenderness.

 

Shift in Mode of Worship: From Classical to Contemporary (1995-1999).

These dates (1995-99) are arbitrary. However, Ven. Daramola regards the shift from a classical mode of worship to a contemporary one as one of the high points of his tenure. During this period, worship incorporated more contemporary music and themes. Preachers were invited, irrespective of their leanings, while even lay preachers among the congregation of All Saints' Church were encouraged. Within the context of the liturgies of its founders i.e. the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian modes of worship, what may be referred to as a "free style" developed which changed worship from the stereotypes. Indeed, the Church's own hymn book, All Saints' Church Supplementary Hymns and Choruses was launched in Nov. 1999. New ideas such as the Endowment Fund for the Needy, Vigils, the Love Feast and mid-week Anointing Service were introduced.

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