Our worship is essential to our identity as both Episcopalians and as Christians. Each week, we gather to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, our “principal act of worship,” where we tell God’s story in the reading of Scripture and the Breaking of Bread.
The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist are essential to our worship. By participating in these sacraments, we are reminded that God is not aloof; God is with us here, now, and in the everyday. God is with us in Water, Bread, and Wine. As one of our hymns says, “Here faith can touch and handle things unseen.” It is both mysterious and earthy, drawing us deeper into the mystery of God-with-us.
We worship as a community, where everyone is invited to lift up their hearts and participate by offering thanks and praise to the Triune God. The shape of our worship draws the whole congregation, from the moment of our entrance, toward the altar of the Lord. We sing together, read scripture together, we pray together, and we confess our sins together. We hear words of mercy and forgiveness together, and we share peace with one another before bringing our gifts to the altar.
Some might wonder why our worship is repetitive: “Why does it look so similar every week?” In our worship, we both offer ourselves to God in thanksgiving
and in expectation – expectation that God is forming us so that we no longer “conform to the patterns of this world” (Romans 12:1) but are transformed by a life of discipleship and obedience to God. Our worship is an alternative pattern, cultivating a posture of thanksgiving and a life where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control are the fruits that spring up through the often stony ground we encounter in this world.
We welcome you to join us for worship!
For a beautiful story and description of the mystery of our communion, we offer you this video of our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry: