Differences in the Sunday Worship Services

By Peter Vanderveen

The worship of The Episcopal Church is richly varied in substance and style. In keeping with this richness, we provide three different experiences of worship each Sunday.

The 8:00 amam service is a meditative celebration of the Eucharist in the more formal language of Rite One. Its consistent rhythm as a spoken service provides a simple yet grounded recitation of our faith.

The 9:30 am service is more robust and proclamatory in its pageantry, music, and variation. We use different expressions of the Eucharistic liturgy, and at regular intervals we observe appointed feasts for saints of the church in a simplified intergenerational service.
On the last Sunday of the month, this liturgy is an abridged form of Choral Matins, designed to give emphasis to beauty, prayerfulness, and the unique expression of the Psalms. Its mood will be distinct from the other Sunday morning services, and its focus will be in providing a particular experience of sabbath, offering space for solace and reason for strength. Communion from the reserved sacrament is offered each week following this service.

Last Published: September 9, 2021 10:05 AM