Worship Every Sunday at 8am and 10am
We worship in the best traditions of the Episcopal Church. When we design our worship, we strive to bring an abiding sense of God’s presence. You will not find top 40 Christian rock or watered down platitudes here. What you will find is a deep and engaging theology expressed in words that are both beautiful and thought-provoking. Our liturgy has its roots in the worship of the ancient church, but has grown up to still have meaning to Christians in the 21st century.
Tuesday Noon Contemplative Worship
Each Tuesday, we hold a simple quiet service of prayer and scripture to which everyone is welcome. The focus of this service is “caring for the care-givers.” We invite you to take a break in the midst of your week and find the presence of Christ in your life so you can better be Christ’s hands and heart in the world.
Liturgy of the Word
“Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light upon my path.” — Psalm 119:105
The first half of the service is devoted to hearing and reflecting on the words of Holy Scripture. Every service contains four readings from different parts of the Bible. All Saints uses the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Following the readings, the sermon is a chance to connect the words of scripture to our contemporary lives. We strive to make our sermons concise, thought-provoking, and accessible.
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’” Luke 22:19
The second half of our service centers on the sacrament of Holy Communion. Each Sunday we are fed with the spiritual food of Christ’s Body and Blood. For Episcopalians this the central focus of our worship together. At All Saints we believe that it is Christ who invites us to share in his body and blood, and that all are welcome at Christ’s table.
“When you sing you pray twice” – St. Augustine.
Music is very important to our community and is an integral part of every worship service. At 10 o’clock many of the prayers are chanted by the priest or sung by the congregations. Even at the earlier 8 o’clock service, where most of the liturgy is spoken, we still include the singing of hymns and an organ prelude and postlude.
We strongly believe that we should bring the very best we have to offer to God, and the very best we have to offer in music comes from our pipe organ, choir and organist/choirmaster, Scott Nelson. Our choice of music reflects the tremendous talent and resources our church has in classic sacred music. It may not be what you hear on Christian radio, but it is beautiful and professional quality music. The first purpose of the organ and choir is to lead the congregation in singing. Our hymns and other music are intended to be sung by everyone, and we ask everyone to join in as they are able.
The Celebration continues after both services with coffee hour. Please plan to stay after worship for a few minutes for coffee, tea, and goodies. This is our chance to get to know you and for you to get to know us. Episcopalians place a high value on worshiping together in community and coffee hour is a chance to strengthen our community and say hello to one another. If you are new it is also a chance to meet our clergy in a relaxed casual atmosphere and to talk to others about our church. Please join us even if just for a few minutes.
More About our Services
Both the 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock services use Rite II. The 8 o’clock service is shorter and less ornate with all the prayers spoken and only three hymns instead of five. The 10 o’clock service is a sung service with Choir. Many of the usual prayers are sung rather than spoken. On special occasions the 10 o’clock service will include the use of incense. When you come to church an usher will hand you a bulletin with all the words to the service. Hymns are found in the blue hymnals in the pews.
To the parents of young children: welcome!
We are so very glad that you want to bring your children to worship at All Saints. You, and they, are most welcome.
We know from our own experience (we have three boys) that worshiping with children can sometimes pose some challenges. We also know that children sometimes worship more actively or loudly than most adults. This is fine with us. If you would prefer to bring them out of the church, we have nursery care and Sunday school available in the parish hall: just ask someone how to get there.
- Some tips for helping your children be involved in worship:
- Sit close to the front so that they can see and hear what is going on around the altar (there is seating on the right side up at the front of the church as well).
- Explain to them what is going on in the liturgy.
- Participate in worship as fully as you can yourself – your children will learn how to participate in worship by copying you.
- Feel free to make use of the activity bags located by the door that leads into the church from the parish hall. They contain paper, crayons, and other (relatively) quiet activities.
- At the time of communion, please know that your children (and you) are invited to come forward and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. If you would prefer that your children not receive communion, or receive only the bread or only the wine, have them cross their arms over their heart, and we will give them a blessing instead.
Above all, we hope that both you and your children will feel at home at All Saints. Let us know what else we can do to help you have a worship time that helps you connect with Jesus, who told his disciples to let the little children come to him.
–The Rev.s Betsey and Michael Monnot, Co-Rectors