As an Episcopal Church, our worship is rooted in the history of our Christian faith. We offer four styles of worship with the same basic structure and purpose. The structure of our worship is referred to as liturgy and is comprised of four parts: Similar to the account in Luke 24:31-35 when the disciples encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus, we participate in the story of God’s saving grace through meeting, hearing, eating, and sending. For those new to a liturgical style of worship, here are a few ways to engage with our worship that may be helpful:
Follow the Leader: The celebrant is the leader of our worship, identifiable as the priest wearing the chasuble, or cape. If the celebrant stands, it is likely the congregation is to stand. If the celebrant sits down, the people do likewise. As a basic guideline, we sit when we listen and those who are able stand when we sing or pray.
Call and Response: Understood as the exchange between the celebrant and the people: e.g. the priest says, “The Lord be with you” and the people respond “And also with you.” Our worship is a shared work with each participant actively taking part.
Attentiveness: The audience of our worship is God, so in each aspect of our worship we seek to focus our attention on the presence of God in our midst. When we enter into the sanctuary we turn our focus to our inner lives, taking a few moments for quiet contemplation and inner preparation. All who enter our worship space are invited to turn their attention to God’s presence in our midst.
Underneath your seat are several resources:
- The blue book is the 1982 Hymnal, referred to as simply “Hymnal” in the bulletin
- The red book is the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, referred to as BCP
- The Paperback book is the “Renew Hymnal” called simply ‘Renew’ in the bulletin