CHRISTIAN MINISTRY BEGINS WITH WORSHIP
We believe that worship is central to our life and ministry as a parishand we believe Christian ministry begins with worship: We gather as the community of faith to worship, to pray, to give thanks, to be strengthened in Word and Sacrament; we are then sent forth in the name of Christ to love and to serve one another.
We have an 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. service most Sundays, exceptions being one service for the Bishop’s visitation and one for St. Paul’s Sunday. When a priest is present both services will be the Holy Eucharist. When a priest is not present we will have Morning Prayer. During the year, services may change from Rite 2 to Rite 1 according to church seasons. Different types of prayers may be used to reflect each season. There is no music at the early service. Here is an example of the weekly bulletin used during a service.
On special days, such as St. Paul’s Day (first week of August) one might hear a service from an earlier prayer book, such as the 1644 Book of Common Prayer. Services have been done on or near this site since the 1640’s. The building was built in the 1760’s. Using an earlier service helps us remember the rich heritage of St. Paul’s.
On Christmas there will be one service. This will be an ordinary Eucharist.
We have a rich music program at St. Paul’s. We use the 1982 Hymnal (standard Episcopal hymnal) and Lift Every Voice and Sing (Episcopal hymnal with spirituals and southern gospel). Often there are guest musicians who promote classical songs and hymns.
Every effort has been made to make your worship experience easy to follow. The Priest often announces when it is appropriate to stand, sit or kneel. He will call out page numbers for both the Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal. The bulletin has been written so a great deal of the service is printed. All of this is done to make it easy to follow, whether you are a cradle Episcopalian or new to the church.
Our worship would simply not be possible without the involvement of many dedicated lay ministers, a superb altar guild, enthusiastic lay readers, acolytes, a faithful group of ushers, and our organist and choir.