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Our Service

     We have one service that begins at 10:30.   Our service is traditional, and we primarily use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the 1982 Hymnal.   A small but faithful adult choir  sings portions of the liturgy as well as leading the congregation in the Psalms, Hymns, and Canticles.  Following our worship services, we meet downstairs for a light brunch.  As most all activities of our parish take place on Sunday, this is our time to greet visitors and socialize with other members of our church family.  It is said that this is where we “pass the peace.”  On the second Sunday of each month, we do the Service of Morning Prayer with sung canticles as ante-Communion.  
 

     The Episcopal Church is a liturgical church.  Liturgy means “work of the people.”  The worshipers are active participants in the service.  All worship is based on the  Book of Common Prayer. 

          "Common prayer” is that prayer and worship which we share together, in common, or in community.  Common prayer provides an opportunity for a gathered community to worship in unison, despite its diversity.  It acts out our oneness in Christ. We pray together, sing together, respond back and forth between the leader of worship and the congregation.  We are a gathered community of prayer by our actions in worship.  Common worship provides opportunities where we do not have to invent the words to pray, but instead allow the words we all pray together to move in and through our souls.

     Every Sunday service is the liturgy of the Holy Eucharist or the Holy Communion since we believe this is the principle act of Christian worship.  We also include the service of Morning Prayer at various times through the year.

                                      Outline of our worship service


Opening procession, in which the vested clergy, choir and other leaders of worship enter the sanctuary.

Opening prayers and songs to set the tone of the day

Scripture readings

The sermon, which is based on the scripture reading

The Creed—our response to the opening of scripture is to reaffirm our belief and faith

Prayers of the People—A response to our belief is to share our concern for others and so we pray for the world, the church and those in need.

Communion—We bless the bread and wine and distribute them as reminders of the presence of God in our lives. Communion is the Episcopal Church’s altar call. Every Sunday we are called to the altar to take Jesus into our hearts.

Dismissal—we are sent forth, empowered by God, to live our Christian lives.

 Additional Notes

      Lord’s Prayer- Like all other Christians we pray the Lord’s Prayer, also called the “Our Father.” It is so important to Anglicans that every worship service we do in public includes the Lord’s Prayer.

     Music- Music is very important to our worship.  Hymns are selected from the 1982 Hymnal.  Canticles are selected from both the 1940   and 1982 Hymnal.  Other music selected for use in our services is in keeping with traditional Episcopal/Anglican tradition. 

     As we are a traditional church, we primarily use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  On the occasions when the 1972 edition is used, Rite I is followed. 

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