Corporate worship is a vital part of our life as a church. Every week we gather together to worship God together through songs, prayers, responsive readings, reflection, and celebration of the Eucharist. Our worship is liturgical, and each element of our service is packed with meaning, significance, and purpose.
Each week we have around 30 volunteers serve with us in all kinds of roles (Band and A/V, Scripture Readers, Crucifers, Chalice Bearers, Prayer Ministers, Ushers, Altar Guild, Prayers of the People, etc). Contact David Norris if you’re interested in getting involved!
Our worship doesn’t end when we leave the building. In fact, all of life should be an act of worship as we give glory to God throughout the week and invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all that we do.
Scroll through the photos below to learn about all of the different elements of our weekend services.
During the opening song, a cross is carried into the sanctuary down the main aisle. The cross leads the procession because Jesus is the only one who can lead us into God’s presence, and it is only through Him that we can rightly praise and worship God.
The First Reading comes from various places in Scripture, usually a book in the Old Testament or a New Testament Epistle. The reading concludes with “This is the Word of the Lord” and the congregation responds “Thanks be to God,” recognizing that God’s Word is a gift to be received with gratitude.
The Second Reading comes from one of the four Gospels, which focus on the life, teachings, and works of Jesus. The Gospel is read in the center of the room to represent that Christ has come among us through the Incarnation. As the Gospel Reading is introduced we pray that God’s Word “would always be on our minds, upon our lips, and deep within our hearts.” As we say these words we also make the symbol of the cross over our foreheads, lips, and hearts to physically reinforce what we are praying.
We often affirm the foundational truths of the Christian faith after the sermon. Though churches differ in how they practice and express their faith, the Creed reflects our union with all Christ-followers around the world and throughout the history of the Church.
Congregation members are invited to assume a variety of postures—sitting, standing, or kneeling—as we pray for the global Church, the nation, the world, and the specific needs and concerns of our local community. Throughout the prayer the congregation responds in unity with “Hear our prayer,” “Lord have mercy,” or something similar. Finally, the leader invites all those who are gathered to pray in their own words, either silently or out loud.
“Most merciful God…” The corporate confession of sin gives us a time to reflect upon our need for God’s mercy and grace to cause our lives to more fully reflect his goodness. At the end of the confession, the pastor proclaims forgiveness because Scripture assures us that God is faithful and will forgive us when we confess our sins.
The Eucharistic meal is a celebration of the past, present, and the future of God’s grace towards us. Our Eucharistic Liturgy is a combination of the Liturgy of the Anglican Church of Kenya and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. We invite all people to come to the Table. Those who have put their faith in Jesus and been baptized in His name partake of the bread and the wine (and it is real wine—we also have grape juice and gluten-free wafers available upon request—just ask one of our servers when you come forward). You can either dip the wafer into the chalice or eat the wafer and drink from the cup. We ask that those who have not yet put their faith in Jesus and been baptized in His name to cross their arms to receive a prayer of blessing from one of our pastors.
This is perhaps the most unique and memorable part of the service for our first-time guests. The cross is the central symbol of the Church because Jesus’ sacrifice is the remedy for “all of our problems…all of our sins…all the devil’s works.” And only Jesus can bear the weight of “all of our hope.” We can’t help but joyfully shout and proclaim the redemption we have in Him!
Our service ends very similarly to how it starts—the cross leads the recessional, reminding us that Jesus goes before us as we are sent out on mission to love and serve the world and proclaim the good news of the coming kingdom of God to all of creation.