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
The readings for Sunday, 19th November, are (to read them, go HERE):
- Judges 4:1-7
- Psalm 123
- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
- Matthew 25:14-30
The readings for Sunday, 26th November, the last Sunday before Advent are (to read them, go HERE):
- Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
- Psalm 100
- Ephesians 1:15-23
- Matthew 25:31-46
Parentheses means that the verses are optional, but we usually read the optional verses anyway.
Hymns for This Week
The hymns for 29th October are as follows:
- #366 – "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven"
- #195 in Thanks & Praise – Gloria (Croom & Kilpeacon only)
- #537 – "O God, our help in ages past"
- #15 in Thanks & Praise – "Bless the Lord, O my soul" (except in Adare)
- #517 – "Brother, sister, let me serve you"
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).