Sunday by Sunday, we gather to rejoice in the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and to share in celebrating the Eucharist.
We begin by gathering, and sharing in opening prayers. We then hear some readings from scripture, and a reflection on those readings (called a homily or a sermon). We share with God about what we’re grateful for, and who and and what we’re concerned about in the prayers of the people. We share in “the peace”: we shake hands and share in our desire to know the fullness of the peace of God. The table is prepared with the bread and wine, and then we pray over them and share the broken bread and poured wine. The priest offers God’s blessing on those who have gathered, and we’re sent out into the world to live for God’s reign of justice and peace.
During this phase of pandemic precautions, we have two Sunday Eucharists: one at 8 am, and one at 10 am. The only significant difference between the two is that there is (a limited amount) of singing at the 10 o’clock.
Masks must be worn for all services.
Below you can read of our before _COVID practices. We’re keeping them here to help give a sense of what we hope services might be like again when safe.
Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
Quiet and contemplative, our 8:30 celebration of the Eucharist has a homily but no music.
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
This Choral Eucharist is the main celebration of Sunday, including hymns and other singing. From September to June, the choir helps lead the singing, and a children’s program and supervised nursery are available. The 10am service is followed by coffee and conversation in Bartonville Hall.
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. (September through June)
Our mid-week celebration of the Eucharist is held in the chapel, immediately inside the front doors on King Street. From time to time, it includes special prayers for healing. Following the service, tea and cookies lead into a time for those who wish to spend time together in study to support our faith journeys.