Differences in the Sunday Morning Worship Serivces
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 7:45am 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 9:00am 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.
The 11:15am service liturgy will include two forms of workship.
The first Sunday of each month will be Holy Eucharist, Rite II, from the Book of Common Prayer.
For the remaining Sundays of each month, the service will be 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.