Sunday worship is centered around the Eucharist, a word meaning "thanksgiving." The order of worship for Holy Eucharist is twofold: we listen and respond to the Holy Scriptures, and we celebrate Holy Communion.
How to participate
Worship is not just the work of the clergy and the musicians. It is the work of the whole congregation. For this reason, you will notice that our congregation is very active during worship. We sing, pray, speak aloud, sit, stand, kneel, and so on. Don't feel intimidated. Between the instructions in your bulletin and the instructions given by the priest and other worship leaders, you won't have any problem following along.
When it comes time for Communion, we invite everyone to come forward. The ushers will help you find your place at the altar rail. Anyone who is a baptized Christian is welcome to receive Communion.
What you will hear
The music for the 9a Eucharist is more traditional: hymns from the Hymnal 1982 accompanied by our pipe organ. The music for the 11.15a Eucharist (and also for days when we have one service, such as during the summer or on feast days) also incorporates modern worship music accompanied by a contemporary band.
While our liturgy incorporates a wide range of musical styles, songs are always selected for the richness of their theology, the aesthetic of their music and poetry, and a prevailing emphasis on God. Song selection also reflects the scripture readings of the given Sunday as well as the themes and the posture of the liturgical season.
What to wear
Although we don't have a dress code and people wear everything from jeans and a t-shirt to a suit and tie, we ask that you consider what is both comfortable and appropriate for worship.
for the kids
Nursery is available for infants and children up to 3 years. Children may be checked in before the service, and may be picked up before Communion to join their families at the Altar Rail (though parents are welcome to leave their children in the nursery during Communion, too). Children from 4 years through 2nd grade can attend Children's Church, which gathers at the Gospel reading, meets downstairs during the sermon, and returns during the Passing of the Peace.