We welcome everyone to join us for Sunday worship. If you're visiting for the first time, please fill out a virtual welcome card so we can say hello! Here's what to expect.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SERVICE?
The service will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and will follow an Anglican liturgy that
includes prayer, song, scripture, a short sermon, and communion. "Liturgy" 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 from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer. Words are available on the screen to follow along. Need more detailed Zoom instructions? Read this.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC?
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—in fact, it's wonderful! 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. Kids are welcome to join online before or after the Zoom service for a time of show-and-tell, where the adults delight in seeing what they have baked, collected, learned, or created that week!
Children are also warmly invited to read scripture during the service if they are comfortable appearing on Zoom (for example, see our child-led Christ the King service!). And many kids enjoy snuggling on the couch, running around the living room, or even eating dinner during our online service. The preacher always includes a prompt for kids to create something in response to the scripture readings.
All children are invited to participate in Wild Wonder on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, a very informal time of prayer and nature exploration at a local park (or in their own backyards), observing social distancing and local guidelines. Learn more!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
You'll see people in all styles of clothing online (including pajamas!). There is no dress code. Come as you are.
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. At most other times, they will be dressed like you and me
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SERVICE?
Everyone is encouraged to linger online after the service! This is a fun time to meet new people and catch up with one another. Prayers is also available in breakout groups over Zoom after the service for those who would like prayer.
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.