D.  Our Worship Life

By: Valerie Roseberry

 

 

 

 

Sunday morning Eucharistic worship occurs four Sundays per month at 10:30 a.m., using Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer and Enriching Our Worship.  If there is a fifth Sunday, we offer Morning Prayer, usually led by the Deacon.  We print a Sunday bulletin that outlines the service, gives references to the BCP and hymns, and includes a sheet of the printed Scripture readings for that Sunday.

 

During worship, our children are in Godly Play class or the nursery.  They come to the sanctuary for the Eucharist and the rest of the morning worship service.

 

Music is provided for worship by a pianist (paid) and organist (part-time volunteer).  We occasionally have a flute accompaniment and we use our set of hand bells.  Also, cantors often lead the congregation in singing the Psalm. There is no choir at this time.

 

 

In addition to our priest-in-charge, there are currently four retired ordained Episcopal priests in the congregation, who occasionally preside in the absence of our priest-in-charge.  There are trained Eucharistic ministers and acolytes.

 

Morning Prayer is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the chapel.  We also have weekday evening Taizé services during Advent, Lent and Harvest/Stewardship time, usually led by members of the congregation.

 

Advent season includes a service of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve services including a Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant, and Christmas Day worship.

 

 

Lent begins with a noon Ash Wednesday service and may include the Great Litany.  Holy Week includes 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 wear red on Pentecost Sunday to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the whole Church.