Our Sunday early service (8 o’clock) continues to be our primary service – that is – drawn directly from the 1979 Prayer Book and other liturgies approved by General Convention and part of the Enriching our Worship series. WE even dip into Rite I during the reflective and penitential seasons of Advent and Lent.
Our 10:30 service relies on those same sources, but also utilizes liturgical elements borrowed from other churches in the Anglican Communion (for example, we have grown quite fond of the Affirmation of Faith from the New Zealand Prayer Book, as well as other responses which we find add new meanings and textures.) The late service also is all over map musically, utilizing nearly a dozen hymnals and sacred collections, as well as the best that other, alternative musicians have to offer.
Our Honest-to-God service is an informal, conversation-based series that engages attendees in consideration of ideas and opinions that range over a wide variety of theological, social and spiritual issues. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the conversation – though all are invited to share, none must. Through the lens of God’s mandate for a loving and just planet, we have spent time in the past year on climate change, violence, economic justice and religious tolerance. Our usual gathering time is at 10:30, on the last Sunday of each month. We meet on the lower level of the parish hall to take advantage of the proximity of the coffee maker.
The informal midweek Eucharist (Wednesday at 10:00) is a time of prayer for members of our community and those who stand in need of prayer beyond our doors. It is also a service that we dedicate to the Holy Women and Holy Men who – as members of that great cloud of witnesses – were the ‘lights of their generations.’ From St. Paul to Brigid to Frances Perkins, we honor our saints at Wednesday's Healing Service.