How We WorshipOur worship is shaped in the Anglican tradition, which has both Protestant and Catholic features and rests on the pillars of scripture, reason and tradition. Worship services are centered on Holy Communion, also known as the Eucharist.
We adhere closely to The Book of Common Prayer, confident that it is God's way of bringing us together in prayer and praise. The BCP contains both the liturgy or structure of our services as well as the language we use for worship services, weddings, baptisms, funerals and other events important to our Christian faith.
Each worship service begins by praising God through song and prayer followed by readings from the Bible and a sermon. After the sermon, the congregation recites the Nicene Creed, the ancient Christian statement of faith, and prays together for the church, the world and those in need. The congregation will then confess its sins followed by absolution.
The service culminates with Holy Communion, when the priest blesses the bread and wine that will be offered to the congregation as the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Believers of any denomination are invited to share the bread and wine.
Our primary worship services are held on Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. except in the summer, when we have services at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The 7:30 a.m. service follows the traditional Rite I that can be traced to the first Book of Common Prayer that was introduced in the 1500s. The 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services follow the more contemporary Rite II with music and hymns. These services also have childcare available on most Sundays.
The Church of the Holy Spirit also offers a less formal “come as you are” 5 p.m. Saturday service throughout the year. When the weather permits, the Saturday services are held outside of the church in the beautiful Saint Mary’s Garden.
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