Due to the current COVID restrictions, this service runs somewhat differently than described below. We are not able to sing in the service, so there is less music than normal; only bread is offered for communion; and we cannot gather for refreshments afterward. We're certainly looking forward to the day these restrictions can be lifted!
The 10:00 am service is full of music and makes use of modern language throughout. People begin to arrive about 15-20 minutes before the service and either chat in the narthex or sit in the quiet of the nave. A greeter will be at the door to welcome you, and as you go up the stairs the sidesperson will hand you a liturgy booklet and weekly bulletin. The service begins with the chiming of the prayer bell, an instrumental prelude, and then we stand to sing the processional hymn. The liturgy booklet will guide you through the service as we listen to readings from the Bible, hear a sermon, offer prayer and repentence, and share in the bread and wine of communion.
During the offertory hymn, a plate will be passed to collect the money that parishioners have pledged to the church. Visitors are not expected to contribute, so feel free to just pass the plate to the person beside you. Anyone who has been baptized in a Christian church is welcome to receive the bread and wine of the Eucharist with us, and those who have not are most welcome to come forward to receive a blessing. The sidesperson will direct you when it is time to come forward for communion. We finish our worship with a blessing from the priest, a recessional hymn, and the dismissal, "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord."
We usually finish the service by 11:15 am and then proceed downstairs for coffee, tea, and snacks while we spend time visiting with each other.