In worship, we use an American version of the traditional Anglican Book of Common Prayer (BCP). This book contains prayers and affirmations of faith dating to the beginning of Christianity, as well as the traditional Anglican liturgy. This liturgy has been in continuous use since it was first published in 1549.
When we gather for worship, we adopt certain postures: standing, kneeling, and sitting, as an outward expression of our devotion.
Worshippers are guided in these postures by notes in the bulletin, the Book of Common Prayer (maroon book), and directions from the celebant (the minister leading the service of Holy Communion).
Our tradition is to kneel for most prayers, although we may stand during the opening prayers of Holy Communion.
We stand at the proclamation of the Holy Gospel and when affirming our faith reciting the Creed.
We also stand to sing praise to God in our hymns and Psalms.
We sit for instruction during the reading of the lessons and during the sermon.
We understand that age, illness, and mobility challenges sometime make assuming certain postures impractical. If one cannot kneel when others kneel for prayer, one may stand if able, or sit, according to each persons judgment.
When you join us for worship, we invite you to review and use our small booklet entitled The Order for Holy Communion that you will find your pew. It was designed to be easy to follow and many of our members use it weekly. If you find the booklet helpful, feel free to take a copy with you.
We use the 1940 hymnal (red book). Hymn numbers printed in the bulletin and are also posted at the front of the nave (worship space) to the right of the altar.