…..is liturgical and sacramental. We speak and sing what we believe in the service. That means that while worship centers around the Eucharist or communion, there are also scripture readings and a sermon along with prayers and confession. A current bulletin is found below, and it will give you an idea of how our worship flows.
The liturgy is found in the Book of Common Prayer, last updated in 1979. The original BCP was developed by Thomas Cranmer in 1548-49 during the reign of Henry VIII and the separation of the Anglican Catholic Church from the Roman Catholic Church. Cranmer was the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Many of the prayers and collects in the current BCP were written by Cranmer. We continue to know ourselves blessed by his beautiful prayer, and we find our whole Prayer Book beautifully written.
Our worship liturgy pulls worshipers into a rich and ancient tradition of worship that goes back thousands of year. The shape of the liturgy follows as closely as possible the form that was used in the early Church. These early Christians met in homes and celebrated with a meal that resembled the Last Supper. Jesus had promised to be present with them in the bread and wine. They believed he was there with them as they consumed this meal. And we continue to believe this still.
Music is an important part of our worship. The worship is full of ritual and pageantry. It follows the seasons of the Church Year beginning with Advent, moving into Christmas, Epiphany and Lent. Following Lent is our high season of Easter celebrating the Risen Christ and the Empty Cross. After Easter comes Pentecost and the Season after Pentecost and then on to Advent. Thus we follow a pattern that also goes back several thousand years.