Worship

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Our prayer life helps to empower us to do our work in the world. Our services are holy, and joyful, and warm. Our bulletin explains the service clearly, so even those who have never come to church will know exactly what to do. Each weekend, we offer three regular worship services. Each has its own “flavor”, though each is celebrated according to Rite II* in the Book of Common Prayer. This community welcomes participants of all ages, and some of the sweetest music is provided through the voices of children in worship. We offer younger members bags with simple crafts and soft toys, and are quite comfortable with those who need to move around a bit during any of our services. We have rockers in the worship space for restless young ones, and also for mothers who might need to nurse their babies during the service.

Saturdays, 5:00 PM. This is a casual, quiet and reflective service with (usually) a smaller congregation.

Sundays, 8:00 AM. This service begins with recorded “music for meditation” which is chosen by the Rector from a variety of styles. There will often be recorded music during Communion as well.

Sundays, 9:30 AM. This service includes music lead by our Choir, and on the first Sunday of the month, by our Praise Band, “New Fire.” This is our liveliest service, and also our largest one. At this service, we offer “Children’s Chapel” during the first part of the service for children who would benefit from a simpler version of the Gospel. After hearing the reading, the children and the adult facilitator have a conversation about what that reading might mean. Often, the insights from the children help the adults to have a clearer understanding of God’s message. All those who participate in Children’s Chapel return to the worship space after the sermon and prayers so that the entire community is present for the Eucharist.

(*When there is a “fifth Sunday” in a month, all services are celebrated according to the more ancient Rite I language.)

We gather in the Parish Hall between our Sunday services for food and chatter. So stay after the 8:00, or come early for the 9:30. The food is delicious, the coffee is hot, and the conversation is always engaging.

Christian Formation (Sunday School) happens after the 10:30 service. Details can be found here.

Practical Matters:

•Drive onto our grounds and park in the lot. Follow the signs to the church door. Once you enter, you will be greeted by an usher and handed a bulletin. Feel free to sit wherever you would like.

•You are welcome to add your name to our visitor’s book, but also welcome to refrain from doing so. Our entry way is small, but packed with information about some of our ministries and people. There is a coat rack if you would like to use it.

•Your bulletin is your friend, and will help you to navigate the service with ease. Parts of the bulletin may refer to our prayerbook or our hymnal. The Book of Common Prayer is the black book and the Hymnal is the maroon book.

•If you have any questions, please feel free to ask an usher, a member of the clergy, or even the person sitting next to you.