It’s more than just praying, more than just praying together. At our 10:00 AM service it is also more than just praying together with singing.
Worship is taking time to come together to pray, to listen, to learn, to share, to reflect and most importantly to practice what our ultimate life in heaven will be like. Heaven is a banquet (you can look it up!) and so our worship moves inevitably to a moment where we eat and drink together, at the altar which is our little bit of heaven on earth. That’s what Holy Communion is all about.
The good news: You are welcome at our banquet table!
Saturdays at 4:30 PM New to our schedule this year, this service is very informal. We sit, symbolically, around a small table in the church and share conversation about the scripture lessons we read. A children’s program, put together and usually led by our Christian Education Coordinator, is available every week — or children are welcome to sit through the service with parents or grandparents. In 45 minutes or so we cover all of the elements of traditional worship in a contemporary way, including Holy Communion, which is available to anyone who wants to receive it.
Sunday at 8:00 AM We use a more traditional service in a very traditional style of language. We don’t sing, but our organist joins us to provide music to help us appreciate the beauty of holiness.
Sunday at 10:00 AM Though the service itself has ancient roots, the language is contemporary, we sing a wide variety of hymns and service music, and we acknowledge that people of all ages and conditions have a wide variety of needs. On any given Sunday in our pews you’ll find diaper bags, stuffed animals, knitting needles and wheelchairs. Our Sunday School meets during the first portion of the service and finishes in time for children to come to Holy Communion with their families.
Sunday at Noon A little more quiet, definitely more meditative, the late service is, surprisingly, our most diverse congregation. It is also, in many ways, our most intimate worship experience. Like at our early service, we don’t sing, but enjoy the accompaniment of our organist at moments of reflection.
Tuesdays at 10:00 AM Weekday worship in the Maryan Room is a very different experience. Held around a dining room table (remembering the practice of the earliest Christians) the service features the ancient ritual of healing prayer. After Communion, the priest will offer to lay hands on your head and pray for God’s blessing especially for you or for your loved ones who need healing.
Volunteering to Help Lead Public Worship Every service makes use of clergy but also of lay people, who read scripture lessons, lead the prayers, and assist with Holy Communion. There is no special training required for the first two, but a brief curriculum is available for people who want to help with communion. You’ll find it here: Full Curriculum for Chalicists
All Saints Chapel in the undercroft of the church is a unique and special place. Housing the original altar, and surrounded by our Columbarium, the chapel is available for small weddings, funerals and other special services.