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 the Feast of Pentecost, 9 June, are as follows (to read them, go HERE — note that the Psalm starts where it says verse 26: “O Lord, how manifold are your works”):
Psalm 104: 26-36, 37b
John 14:8-17, (25-27)
The readings for Trinity Sunday, 16 June, are as follows (to read them, go HERE):
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Parentheses mean that the verses are optional, but we usually read the optional verses anyway.
Hymns for This Week
The hymns for Sunday, 9 June, the Feast of Pentecost, are as follows:
#310 – “Spirit of the living God”
#341 – “Spirit divine, attend our prayers” (tune: Tallis’ Ordinal, at #439 in the hymnal)
#386 – “Spirit of God, unseen as the wind”
These are the hymns for the churches celebrating Holy Communion. Churches having Morning Prayer will likely have only three of these hymns, but will add spoken or sung canticles (songs of praise).