Regular Worship Services
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Worship in the Episcopal Church
We are a liturgical church. During worship, people participate through their verbal responses, readings from Holy Scripture, singing of hymns, offering prayers and by receiving Holy Communion. Worship is corporate in nature because the congregation shares in all aspects of the liturgy. The silence at various intervals provides time for the individual to think and reflect on his or her personal experience with God.
Practices vary, even among individual Episcopalians, as to when it is appropriate to sit, to stand, or to kneel. Watch the people sitting around you for clues and do whatever feels comfortable. The general rule is to stand to sing. Hymns are found in the blue hymnal (1982) in the pews and other service music is printed in the worship bulletin.
We stand to say our affirmation of faith, the Nicene Creed, and for the reading of the Gospel. Psalms are sung or said sitting or standing. We sit during readings from the Old Testament or New Testament, the sermon, and the choir anthems. We stand or kneel for prayer. Some Episcopalians make the sign of the cross or bow at particular times and kneel for prayer upon entering the nave. Silence is usually kept before services.
The Book of Common Prayer
Words to our liturgy are found in The Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Reviewing the book, one will find both prayers for daily use and prayers for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
The Book of Common Prayer has evolved over the years. The first Prayer Book is attributed to Thomas Cranmer who in 1549 drew on traditional resources to create services that were prayed in English for the first time. This collection of both prayers and responses provides the basic structure for the current Prayer Book being used in the Episcopal Church. The version in use today was last revised in 1979.