Worship at St. Paul’s is both time honored and reaching toward the future. Rite I with its 16thcentury overtones is found in our lay-lead Wednesday evening prayer services and on occasion on a Summer Sunday morning. Rite II with its four Eucharistic Prayers from the ancient Prayer D to what Episcopalians fondly call the “Star Wars” version found in Prayer C are the more likely choices for weekly Sunday services, although we do bring in alternative liturgies and those from neighboring Anglican communion prayer books from time to time.
Our choir is under the direction of Mark Meyer and uses music from the contemporary “Halle, halle, halle” to the more contemplative Taize music to hymns from all the Episcopal and Lutheran hymnals and beyond, to a mixture of choir pieces, psalm settings, and liturgical music. Music which is at the heart of our liturgy is found at both the early and late service, with a dedicated choir singing at the latter service.
St. Paul’s seeks to have inspiring liturgy. It has a full complement of lectors, lay eucharistic ministers, ushers, greeters, healers, and altar guild servers. Acolytes come both the adult and youth ranks. While there are many who serve in all these capacities, there is always room for another servant at God’s altar. From Labor Day through Memorial Day liturgy is in the main church and is more formal. Summer liturgy is in St. Anna’s chapel and is more informal. It is a time to wear summer clothes, train up new acolytes, rejoice in being community gathered.
Sunday preaching is based on the Episcopal lectionary of the day. The congregation enjoys narrative preaching with an ear for the historic story and an application to everyday life. Very often the word shared on Wednesday night comes from various sources.
While St. Paul’s is an historical church, it is one with a vibrant ministry, fellowship, and liturgical style. Join us for worship.
For the month of October 2019 all Sunday services are at 9 AM
9 AM from Memorial Day -Labor Day
8 AM and 10:15 AM during Fall-Spring
Occasional combined services will be posted
6 PM in St. Anna’s Chapel
7 PM Contemplative Prayer Service
I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of hands.
(2 Timothy 1:6)
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