Worship at St. Andrew's
Community prayer and worship are at the heart of what we do at St. Andrew's. At least once a week, we gather together to hear God's word proclaimed in scripture, song, and sermon, and to celebrate Christ's presence among us in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Our primary way of worshipping is through the service of Holy Communion found in the Episcopal (Anglican) Book of Common Prayer. Our corporate worship is different from the way we may pray at home as individuals or families. It takes all of us to make it happen well. The best way to be involved is by joining us for worship on Sunday morning. You are also welcome to serve as an acolyte, lay reader, usher, altar guild member or choir member. To view a recent Sunday service bulletin in PDF format, please click here.
We follow the Revised Common Lectionary of readings from the Old and New Testament for our services. To view the lectionary online, please click here. Please note that on some special occasions such as St. Andrew's Day we use alternate readings. The church office can confirm readings in advance if you have questions.
Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist
At 8:00 am the church is quiet, and the atmosphere is one of reverence and contemplation. An organ prelude helps to draw us into worship. The service begins with opening prayers that prepare us to hear God's Word through the reading of scripture and the sermon. Following the sermon, we affirm our faith, and offer prayers and supplications to God in what is called The Prayers of the People. We then confess our sins and receive the assurance of God's forgiveness through words of absolution spoken by the celebrant. Having been reconciled to God, we turn to one another and share the peace of God. Our service continues with the offertory (including a hymn) and Holy Communion. Normally the prayers for the Holy Communion come from our Rite One service (more traditional language), but we sometimes use alternative forms of the Eucharistic Prayer as approved by the church. We welcome all who are seeking a deeper relationship with Christ to receive Holy Communion. Instructions are provided in the service leaflet if you are unfamiliar with our practice. The service concludes with final prayers and a blessing, followed by a dismissal ("Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.")
Sunday 10:30 am Eucharist
The 10:30 am Eucharist is more boisterous than the earlier service. The sun (when we see it) is higher, and there are more people in church. If you come early enough you can hear the choir rehearse, and watch the church fill with worshipers of all ages and races. You will likely be greeted by an usher or greeter (someone who invites you to fill out a welcome card if you are new--some people do, some people don't--or they wait until after the service to decide). Some people prefer to remain anonymous. Wherever you are in your journey, we respect you, and want you to feel welcome as you are. The service begins with a hymn in procession--the whole altar party, including the choir, come down the middle aisle behind the cross, singing. The service follows the same pattern as the earlier Eucharist. At the 10:30 service, however, there are more hymns and the choir sings both an anthem and a short motet after communion. Our children's choir also sings on occasion. There are more announcements at the 10:30 service. We also do birthday and anniversary blessings at the announcements. The language of the Eucharistic Prayer is traditional, yet has a slighly more contemporary sound to it. Following the 10:30 service, we continue our fellowship with coffee hour in the Parish Hall.
Childrens' Sunday School begins at 10:25, five minutes before the start of the 10:30 service. Children return at the Peace, so they can share in Holy Communion with the their families and the rest of the congregation. During the summer break and on the second Sunday of the month the rest of the year, the children attend Children's Chapel. On those Sundays, the children meet their families in the Parish Hall at coffee hour.
A professionally staffed Nursery is available for children through age 3.
Wednesday 12:00 pm Eucharist
The Wednesday noon Eucharist is held in the Rectors' Lounge every week except the week after Christmas. Following the service, those who can stay gather for a potluck lunch. If you don't have time to pick something up for lunch, that's okay. There's always plenty to go around.
The easiest way to get to the Rectors' Lounge, is to use the door on the back side of the Christian Education wing. Park or walk to the church parking lot on Princeton Avenue, and walk up the concrete steps on the north side of the building (across from the playground). You can park in the Princeton Avenue parking lot without a parking pass. All are welcome!
Weekly Worship Schedule in Brief (Holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Easter may have different schedules)
|Sunday 8:00 am||Holy Eucharist|
|9:00 am-12:00 pm||Nursery (infant-3)|
|9:00-10:15 am||Childcare (3 - 10)|
|10:25-11:00 am||Sunday School|
|10:30 am||Holy Eucharist|
|11:45 am||Coffee Hour|
|Wednesday Noon||Holy Eucharist Rite II|