Every Sunday we gather together at 10:00 in the Church to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and the work of God in our lives. We do this by gathering in community, listening to God's Word proclaimed aloud in Holy Scripture and interpreted in the sermon, celebrating Eucharist, and being commissioned to go out into the world to build up the Kingdom of God.
As you enter the church, you will be welcomed at the door by a greeter. You'll receive the printed order of service and "The Grapevine", with announcements, prayer cycle, etc. Find a pew and have a seat--if you sit next to a regular parishioner, please feel free to say hello and to ask any questions that you might have. If you have children with you, please do not stress over keeping them quiet or seated in the pew. We welcome little ones and do not mind if they talk, cry, or wander (but we ask that, out of respect for other worshippers, children not be allowed to become unruly). A supervised nursery is available for children who are not yet school age and Sunday School is available for those who are.
Our Sunday Celebrations begin with the Gathering of the Community: announcements, a sung hymn, some prayers, and hymn of praise. The next major portion of the service is the Proclamation of the Word. We hear four readings from the Bible, usually one each from the Hebrew Scriptures, Psalms, the New Testament, and the Gospels. The sermon explores what the Scriptures might be saying to us today. After a time of silent reflection, we respond to the hearing of the Word by affirming the principles of our faith in the Creed, the Prayers of the People, the Confession and Absolution, and the Peace, where we greet one another in the name of the Lord.
At this time, we sing another hymn as the bread and wine to be used in the Eucharist are brought forward and the offering plate is passed to allow people to contribute from their treasure to support the work of the Church. We give thanks for the gifts and then stand while the priest prays over the bread and wine, retelling the story of salvation and saying the words that Jesus said over bread and wine at the Last Supper. We believe that, in the bread and the wine, Jesus becomes present to us in our community. At the conclusion of the Eucharistic prayers, the congregation moves to the High Altar (at the front) or the Lady Altar (in the Chapel). Those with mobility issues may receive at the Lady Altar or ask to have Communion brought to them. After communicating, worshippers return to their seats to pray in silence.
After Communion, we stand to pray and are blessed by the priest. We sing a final hymn and are dismissed to go out into the world, filled with grace by having shared in the Sunday Celebration with our brothers and sisters, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the work of God--but not before a quick stop in the Guild Hall for coffee hour, where we say hello to our friends and greet visitors.