We welcome everyone to join us for Sunday worship. If you're visiting for the first time, please fill out a virtual welcome card (on Zoom) or a blue card (in person) so we can say hello! Here's what to expect.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SERVICE?
The service will last just over an hour, and will follow an Anglican liturgy that includes prayer, song, scripture, a short sermon, and communion. "Liturgy" simply means "the work of the people," and it really is—many hands and voices come together each week in our worship. We follow the Renewed Ancient liturgy that begins on page 123 in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer. The words of the liturgy and song lyrics are provided via link in the Zoom chat for those online. Need more detailed Zoom instructions? Read this.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC?
We value participation over perfection in our musical worship. For a small church, we are rich in musicians from many musical traditions. Together, they lead us in musical worship that is a mix of traditional hymns and chants, contemporary praise songs, and songs from the various languages and cultures that comprise our congregation and our neighborhood. Not everyone will know every language or every song, and that's perfectly alright. Those occasional unfamiliar languages, rhythms, or choruses remind us that we are part of a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community of worshipers around the world.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS?
We love children and value them as full participants in our community. We pray for them and sing a simple children's chorus together each week. Children are warmly invited to volunteer as readers, singers, and pray-ers during the service as they are comfortable (for example, see our child-led Christ the King service).
Children worshiping in person are invited to take advantage of our children's materials onsite. Children worshiping on Zoom enjoy snuggling on the couch, running around the living room, or even eating breakfast during our online service. The preacher often includes a prompt for kids to create something in response to the scripture readings.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Come as you are. Because our weekly worship includes setup/teardown (i.e., sweaty work!), people tend to dress casually, but all styles are welcome. During special seasons such as Advent (the season before Christmas) or Lent (the season before Easter), the pastors may sometimes wear special robes called vestments. If you're curious to know more about them, just ask!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SERVICE?
Everyone is encouraged to linger outdoors after the service. This is a fun time to meet new people and catch up with one another. Prayer teams are available for private prayer after our in-person service.
IS THERE AN OFFERING?
Each week, we prepare to bring ourselves as an offering to God, just as we are, through an offertory song and prayers just before communion. Those who wish to give financially may do so online or by text: read more.