Our Worship Life

Since we returned to in-person worship in June 2021 after a pandemic shutdown that lasted more than a year, we again are grateful to offer Sunday morning Eucharistic worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., using Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer and Enriching Our Worship.  We print a Sunday bulletin that outlines the service and prints the Scripture readings and hymns for that Sunday.  We now also offer our Sunday worship via a live stream on the internet through our web site.

Before the pandemic, our children were in Godly Play class, or the nursery then came to the sanctuary for the Eucharist and the rest of the morning worship service.  We hope to resume Godly Play and nursery again soon.

 

Easter Recessional
Easter Recessional

 

Music is usually provided for worship by a freelance pianist and/or organist.  We occasionally have a flute accompaniment and we use our set of hand bells.  We have no choir at this time.

 

Diana Manuel providing piano accompaniment
Diana Manuel providing piano accompaniment

 

 

An impromptu dance during the recessional
An impromptu dance during the recessional

 

There are currently four retired ordained Episcopal priests in the congregation, who currently preside over our services .  We have trained Eucharistic ministers and acolytes.

For the past several years, we have offered Morning Prayer in our chapel one weekday per week.  

And we have offered evening Taizé services during Advent, Lent, and Harvest/Stewardship time, usually led by lay members.  During the pandemic, these services have been done via Zoom.

In past years, Advent season has included a service of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve services including a Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant, and Christmas Day worship.

 

A cute "Magi" at Christmas Eve service
A cute "Magi" at Christmas Eve service

 

Lent has traditionally begun with a noon Ash Wednesday service with imposition of ashes that may include the Great Litany.  Holy Week has included celebrations of an Agape Meal prior to the Maundy Thursday service that includes foot-washing and Eucharist, Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday evening, and Easter morning worship.

We hope that as the pandemic finally leaves us we will again have the wonderful and vibrant schedule of services we have followed until 2020.