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WORSHIP WITH THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

INTRODUCTION OF US

WORSHIP AT St Christopher's Episcopal Church

The congregation comes together primarily on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for worship. Most often we celebrate the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. At various times during the year, Morning Prayer on a weekday or on Sunday is offered. We are a “liturgical” church, meaning that we follow a prescribed format for each worship service, utilizing The Book of Common Prayer. This type of worship will be familiar to many people from other traditions. We sing hymns, read and listen to scripture passages from the Old and New Testaments, and have collective prayers.
The congregation is not passive at worship. We stand, sit, and kneel if desired. We recite the Nicene Creed, usually have a Confession of Sin, and say the Lord’s Prayer. The priest consecrates bread and wine according to an ancient formula with its origins in Jesus’ time. Gathering at the altar rail, we receive Christ’s Body and Blood reverently. Communion is offered freely to all baptized persons, no matter what church you come from.
The church year at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church follows a seasonal (thematic) formulary. We recognize the rhythm of these seasons as time progresses through Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, and the long season after Pentecost. Various colors of the altar covering, wall hangings and vestments make the visual effect interesting and are representative of the seasonal themes.
Both clergy and lay people participate in the liturgy. There are opportunities for choir, altar servers, readers, ushers, and leading the prayers. We have trained worship leaders, eucharist ministers, and home visitors. People of all ages are welcome to worship with us, so make yourself at home.
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