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St. Paul's
Episcopal Church

How We Worship on Sunday

SUNDAY SERVICES
Our Sunday services at St. Paul are scheduled for 8:00 and 9:30 throughout the year and are usually Eucharistic rites (Holy Communion) following The Book of Common Prayer. The service includes congregational singing and organ music. Ordinarily we use the more traditional wording of Rite I at the early service and the more contemporary language of Rite II at the 9:30 service. On occasion (as in Lent), Rite I is used at both.

 

Throughout the year we observe the full variety of different liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. We undertake worship in a spirit of reverence and dignity. We try to open the Word of God to human hearts by including three readings from the Bible followed by a sermon related to one or more of these texts. The beauty and fullness of our liturgy is supported by a full cast of ministers that includes a priest-celebrant, deacon, lay assistant/subdeacon, acolytes, lay lectors, and those responding within the assembled congregation. We make intentional and frequent use of periods of silence to allow time for the Spirit to work within each of us. Our worship style is influenced by the Anglo-Catholic tradition, preserving many of the aspects of traditional Christian liturgy which has served Christ's Church so well through the millennium, with the freshness of contemporary Scriptural scholarship.

At the same time, we seek to preserve a certain atmosphere of warmth. As a small congregation, we are able to maintain a comfortable setting where most of the congregation knows each other by name. We welcome children to participate. Each Sunday, a coffee hour follows the later service where members enjoy greeting one another and welcoming newcomers.

EARLY SERVICE (8:00 am)

Our early service begins each Sunday morning at 8:00. Most Sundays it is a Eucharistic service of Holy Communion; on rare occasions we recite the traditional Episcopal (Anglican) Daily Office of Morning Prayer. Since we do not have music at this service, regardless of the liturgy we use, it tends to be quiet and restful in tone. It is a wonderful way to start our week - in contemplation of all that God has given us and continues to offer to us each day.

LATER SERVICE (9:30 am)

Our later service begins each Sunday morning at 9:30. It is a Eucharistic service of Holy Communion, with music and singing from our Episcopal Hymnal. Our singing is sometimes led by our Guitar Choir which uses more contemporary music. We also offer childcare and Christian education for young people during the Liturgy of the Word; our children join us at the Lord's Table for Holy Communion. Following the service, there is a coffee hour in the parish hall downstairs, giving the community a chance to greet not only each other but also newcomers who frequently join us!

 

Please also check the "News & Events" tabs on Home page for information about special services or changes in this liturgical schedule.