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About Our Worship

... with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying, ... Excerpt from the Book of Common Prayer, Order for Holy Communion

There are three things I wish I could share with everyone who is about to experience Anglican liturgy for the first time:

First, everything about our worship is patterned after heaven. From the basic architecture of our building, to the songs we sing, the ordered pageant we recreate, and especially regarding the celebration of the Lord's Supper, all are representative of the realities which are found in heaven. We are joining in heaven's worship service.

Second, the Bible is our basis for worship. It is Scripture which reveals to us what heaven is really like and what worship is found there. Our liturgy flows from Scripture and is saturated with Scripture. I'm confident you will never find a more biblical worship service.

Third, worship is a wedding banquet. God the Father has prepared this Feast of feasts, to celebrate the union of his Son with the Church. The Holy Ghost attends every need and desire of the guests of God. We, you and I, are invited to partake of this great feast, the marriage supper of the Lamb.

And we are made happy, in deed.

Fr. Bradley Cunningham

How We Worship

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.

Receiving Holy Communion

All Christians who have been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost are invited to receive Communion in an Anglican parish. If you wish to receive, please come forward to the altar rail when indicated by the usher, or following the lead of others. If you wish to receive only a blessing, simply cross your arms over your chest and the priest will pray a blessing over you.

After worship, we encouraged you to join us for refreshments in our fellowship hall adjacent to the chapel. Thank you for honoring us by worshiping with us. We look forward to meeting you.