Worship as Formation
All worship forms us. The words we pray week after week sink into our hearts and become part of our being. The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is the source of much of our faith formation. And since, as St. Augustine tells us, “He who sings, prays twice,” our Hymnal forms us as well. The words we sing enter our memory with the tune and are available in times of joy and sorrow.
The community gathers to worship together every Sunday morning. There are two Liturgies of Holy Communion offered: The 8:15 service is a small, quiet, and spoken service which gathers in the Chancel of the church. There is usually a musical offering, but no singing. The primary service is at 10:30 a.m. with music led by the Chancel Choir with occasional offerings by the Handbell Choir.
Knowing that it is sometimes difficult for small ones to sit through a long service, we have provided ways to accomodate young families during the Liturgy.
First, of course, is the Nursery, located downstairs from the main entrance,. It is open from 9:30-1:30 Sunday mornings. In addition, the ushers have copies of Gretchen Wolf Pritchard’s Sunday Paper, Jr. for children to color and read. There are blue coloring bags with paper and crayons as well .
A child who is coloring may not look like he or she is doing anything but coloring, but is often absorbing the experience of worship precisely because the hands are occupied and the mind is free to think about the sounds and emotions that fill our worship. Finally, all children are welcome to come to Children's Church during the Liturgy.