What to Expect
The principal Sunday worship service is the Holy Eucharist. We also hold a Morning Prayer service on the second Sunday of the month at 11:15 a.m. (10:15 a.m. in the summer).
The Book of Common Prayer guides our liturgical services. Our varied service schedule provides opportunities to worship in diverse ways, from traditional to more contemporary. There is worship bulletin that will assist you through the service.
7:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II:
This is a simple service of prayer and Eucharist (without Hymns.)
At 9 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II:
This service is held in the Nave, and our four children’s and youth choirs provide the musical leadership. The Eucharist is offered according to Rite II or other forms, such as Enriching Our Worship. In the summer, the service is held outdoors on the front lawn, and music is led by a variety of instrumentalists.
At 11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist; Morning Prayer, Rite I, on 2nd Sundays:
These services are held in the Nave. A brief communion is offered in the chapel on Morning Prayer Sundays. During the program year, music is led by the Senior Choir. In the summer, a volunteer choir sings, and the service begins at 10:15 a.m.
Liturgy and Ritual
Worship in the Episcopal Church is said to be “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers.
For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung, or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, repeatedly, as the music changes.
We invite you to approach any of the clergy or staff if you have questions about worship at St. Paul’s.
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