The Sunday 9:00AM Liturgy
This is our main worship service of the week. We have music--organ or piano, voices and sometimes other instruments.
The congregation takes part in the service: singing, listening to the lessons and the sermon, praying and responding to prayers.
This liturgy, Holy Eucharist, is done in two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table, brought together into one service of prayer and praise, Scripture lessons, music and devout Communion of the Body and the Blood
When you arrive, you can come in through the double doors off Millington Street, closest to 8th Ave. This is a no-step entrance ideal for those in wheelchairs, and others who wish to avoid climbing steps.
Upon entering, you will be greeted by a member of our church serving as an usher (unless you arrive so early, they have not taken their post yet). You should receive or pick up two booklets. The larger (7"x8.5") one is our Seasonal Worship Booklet and contains the entire order of service for the liturgy, and should be returned at the conclusion of the service to be reused. The smaller booklet is our weekly bulletin, and is referred to in the worship booklet as the "Insert." This bulletin has the hymns for the day listed on the front. Inside the front cover you will find the Collect of the day, which "collects" the silent prayers of the people and sets the theme for the day. Following the Collect in the weekly bulletin you will find the Biblical scripture lessons assigned for the day. The bulletin also contains a few announcements and a list of people for whom prayers of intercession or thanksgiving are requested. The back page of the bulletin lists the members of the congregation who are on the schedule to serve in the liturgy.
You may sit wherever you like. Once you are seated, take an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the order of service found in the Worship Booklet. When hymns are sung, they are usually found in the blue Hymnal 1982 found in the pew book rack in front of you. Any music not found in the Hymnal will be printed after the scripture in the bulletin insert.
You have everything you need to participate in the service if you like. Or you may decide to sit, watch, listen and let the liturgy surround you with peace. You will soon notice that we worship God with a lot of movement and gesture, all of which is optional. You are welcome to participate as you feel comfortable.
You are welcome in this space. You are in God's House, and you are a beloved child of God.
The Thursday 5:30PM Liturgy
This is our mid-week worship service, and that just suits some people, especially those who often travel on the weekends. This service is also well suited for those who prefer a small, informal worship service.
The Thursday service is held in the Chancel, which is what we call the area of the sanctuary behind the pulpit, where the choir normally sits at the Sunday morning service.
When you arrive, you can come in through the double doors off Millington Street, closest to 8th Ave. These doors are usually unlocked between 5:20 and 5:25.
Come into the chancel, and you'll join anywhere from four to twelve other people. You can sit wherever you like. You may follow the service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Book of Common Prayer, a blue or red book with a cross on the cover, found in the pew rack. The priest will announce the pages as we move through the service, to help you read along. A volunteer from those gathered will be sought out to read a scripture lesson appointed for the day. We will pray a Psalm appointed for the day, then the priest will read the Gospel aloud. Following this the reflection time is opened with a short biography of someone from church history. During this interactive discussion, we reflect on the scripture, the historical person, the evolution of tradition since the time of the person, and what all of this can mean for us in the hear and now.
You are always welcome to join in, praying aloud at times with the congregation, or you can sit quietly and let the service of prayer and Scripture surround you with peace.
The service lasts about 50-65 minutes, depending on how much discussion gets going in the reflection time.
You are most welcome to worship with us. Visitors have described this time together as spiritually and intellectually enriching, within a casual atmosphere and welcoming community.