Worship

The Basics

We regard the present Book of Common Prayer as a legitimate heir of the Western Liturgical Tradition. Our principal service is a sung Rite II Eucharist with incense, including three vested ministers when possible. Our midweek services maintain our regional tradition, following a Rite I Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer with supplementary texts from the missals.

If you are not familiar with our way of worship, don’t be afraid of participating as best you can.  As you become familiar with the progression of the liturgies you will become more comfortable and find yourself entering more deeply into your own personal worship.  There are, of course, always people around you who can help out if you get lost or answer questions for you!

The Eucharist

At the heart of our worship together is the Holy Eucharist. We gather together to hear the Word of God proclaimed and to receive the Body and Blood of Christ under the forms of bread and wine. We believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, that–in accordance with his promise–Christ is truly and fully present to his people within the sacrament.

Following the Book of Common Prayer, the Holy Eucharist is our central act of worship on Sundays and Holy Days. In the Eucharist, we most perfectly embody who we are as a community: the scattered members of the Body of Christ, drawn together in and through his presence as He offers Himself in joyful obedience to the Father through the Holy Spirit. Within our worship we believe that we join with the whole Church participating within the interior life of the Trinity.

All baptized Christians–no matter age or denomination–are welcome to receive the Eucharist if it is your desire. We invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take it lightly, but because we take our Baptism so seriously. Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the distribution of Communion to receive a blessing from the priest.