The Joy of Worship
the divine romance
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him, the greatest adventure;
to find him, the greatest human achievement. St. Augustine of Hippo
Most of us have come from non-liturgical backgrounds. And we gladly worship in a variety of ways. Sometimes our weekly prayer meetings are completely free-form while others use a liturgical format called Morning and Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer.
Worship the Lord
in the beauty of holiness
We also enjoy times of non-scripted praise, worship and intercessory prayer. We are not bound by any particular form.
When we gather together to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, we follow an ancient liturgy combined with both traditional hymns and contemporary worship. Liturgy actually means “work of the people,” depicting a participatory journey . Everyone is invited to participate on many levels. We encounter Jesus in the Scriptures and in the breaking of the bread.
Jesus once said that the Father is seeking worshippers who will worship him in Spirit and in Truth. We believe this is achieved in different ways in both liturgy and free-form worship.
Here’s a basic outline of our Sunday morning Eucharist (communion) Service. We begin with ...
The Liturgy of the Word
The Word became Flesh
So that flesh might become Word
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
God has spoken to us in his Son, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word made a human being. His sheep (his followers), says Jesus, hear his voice. Therefore, the Holy Scriptures form the sure foundation of our liturgy. We use the Book of Common Prayer as our order of worship. The Liturgy begins with the liturgy of the Word as follows:
• Gathering together to enter the presence of God
• Acclaiming God’s glory in song and prayer
• Hearing and worshiping Christ in the Holy Scriptures
• Hearing and worshiping Christ in the sermon
• Affirming our Great Salvation in the Nicene Creed
• Offering intercessory prayer
• Confessing our sins
• Receiving his forgiveness
• Passing the peace of Christ one to another
• Offering our financial gifts in worship to God
The Liturgy of the Table
Feeding on Christ in his Risen Presence
Ivanka Demchuk: Ukrainian Iconographer
The liturgy of the word moves us forward to the centerpiece of Anglican worship, the liturgy of the table or altar. We call this section of our worship the celebration of the Eucharist, or thanksgiving. Fundamental to our existence is to glorify God and offer thanks to him. Christ has died, Christ has risen and Christ will come again! This calls for thankful, celebration!
The Whole Earth is Full of His Glory - Matter Matters
We embrace a sacramental worldview, a vision of affirming the presence of God’s grace in the physical world. Though present, he remains distinct from his creation. In the Incarnation, the birth of Christ, all creation is being sanctified and restored. We anticipate the renewal of all things.
When he commands us to use certain physical objects, such as water for holy baptism and bread and wine for the Eucharist, matter is transformed and becomes a means of grace. This is a great mystery and is effective by obedience to his commands (baptism and communion).
Water Baptism Leads to Holy Communion
We believe that water baptism in the name of the holy Trinity is entrance into the Body of Christ, likened to Israel’s circumcision rite. In baptism, Christ circumcises our hearts, cutting away the old and restoring new life in communion with him (Col. 2:11-15). Christ commands us to be baptized in water and to regularly feed upon Christ, in the elements of bread and wine, a participation in Christ himself.
Our communion table is open to all who are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We invite the unbaptized to come for a blessing from a priest.
Steps in the liturgy of the Table
• The priest blesses the bread and wine
• The Lord’s prayer is prayed
• Communion and blessings are received
• Sending back into the world to love and serve the Lord
After Sunday morning worship, we often spend time together over food and drink. All are invited to join us!