Sunday, 8:00 AM (Rite I spoken service)
Sunday, 9:15 AM (Education Hour for adults, youth, and children)
Sunday, 10:30 AM (Rite II service with traditional music)
Wednesday, 12:05 PM (in the chapel)
For the first-time visitor, the structure of the service may be exhilarating…or confusing! Services usually involve standing, sitting, and kneeling; both sung and spoken responses; all of which may seem challenging for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship is a lot like a dance – once you learn the steps, you begin to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes. We worship in many different styles, ranging from very formal, ancient, and multi-sensory services with lots of singing, music, fancy clothes (called vestments), and incense, to informal services with contemporary music. Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the “Book of Common Prayer,” which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go.
Sermon & Prayer
Next, a sermon is preached interpreting the readings appointed for the day and applying them to the events of our daily lives. The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed (our statement of what we believe) written in the Fourth Century. Next, we pray together and the priest concludes with a prayer that gathers the petitions into a communal offering of intercession. We conclude this time of prayer by formally confessing our sins with a corporate statement of what we have done and what we have left undone. The priest then makes a pronouncement of absolution. In the pronouncement of absolution, the congregation is assured that God is always ready to forgive our sins.