A description of the forms of worship services offered in our churches.
In our congregations, we have two primary forms of worship. Though the exact form of each of them has changed over the years, they both go back to the earliest days of the Christian Church.
A service that starts with praise to God, continues with hearing Scripture, and concludes with praying for our own needs and the needs of the world. The Scripture readings are interwoven with sung "canticles," which are hymns of praise from the Bible set to music. In the Anglican tradition, Morning Prayer (and a similar service in the Evening) is the backbone of daily worship. On Sundays, it is enhanced with a sermon and additional hymns.
A service of Word and Sacrament. In the first part, we hear Scripture and a sermon (which is a response to the Scripture), pray to God, and remember our common bonds with our neighbours as we share the Peace of God with one another. In the second part, we remember Jesus' sacrifice for us and his continued presence with us, as we receive his grace and strength in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Another name for the service is "Eucharist," which comes from a Greek word meaning "thanksgiving."
On Sundays, each of our four churches offers one or the other of these services. Check the individual church pages for a more precise schedule.
Readings for This Week & Next
Sunday, 28th May, is the Seventh Sunday of the Easter season. The readings are (to read them, go HERE):
- Acts 1:6-14
- Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
- 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
- John 17:1-11
Sunday, 4th June, is Day of Pentecost. The readings are (to read them, go HERE):
- Acts 17:22-31
- Psalm 66:7-18
- 1 Peter 3:13-22
- John 14:15-21
Parentheses means that the verses are optional, but we usually read the optional verses anyway.
Hymns for This Week
On 28th May, we will sing the following hymns:
- #266 – "Hail the day that sees him rise"
- #195 in Thanks & Praise (in Kilmallock only) – "Gloria"
- #652 – "Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us"
- #611 (in Adare only) – "Christ be beside me"
- #361 – "Now thank we all our God"
- #647 – "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah"
These are the hymns for the churches with Holy Communion. A church having Morning Prayer will most likely sing only three of these, but may add sung canticles (songs of praise or penitence).