what to expect on Sunday
There are lots of different types of churches, and they each have a different feel in their worship services. Our worship is based on ancient patterns of prayer, and they might feel unfamiliar at first. We hope this page sets you at ease when you visit us.
The 8:00 Service Holy Eucharist, Rite I – Memorial Day through Labor Day only
It's early in the morning, and that suits some people, especially if you're an early riser, or you're hitting the road later in the day. You can come in through the red doors on Chicago Ave. or the main red doors facing the parking lot behind the church.
You'll join anywhere from 8 to 16 people. You can sit wherever you like. You'll have a paper booklet that will guide you through the service. At 8:00, a bell will ring, and a few seconds later the priest will come in and begin the service. You can follow along in the booklet, if you like, or simply make yourself at home and experience the service. There is also communion (Holy Eucharist) offered at this service. Learn more about communion here.
This service is a shorter, simpler version of the service at 10:00 and lasts about 40 minutes. Rite I means the language is traditional, with more "thee's" and "thou's".
The 10:00 Service Holy Eucharist, Rite II
This is the main worship service of the week. It's attended by the greatest number of people (around 60 people; more in the summer). We have wonderful music which is played on the pipe organ, the piano, or sometimes other instruments. We have a choir which offers special pieces of music called anthems. The whole congregation also sings hymns, and says their parts of the service.
During the first part of the service, we sing, listen to readings from the Bible, and say some prayers. The second part is communion (Holy Eucharist), when the priest leads the people in a prayer of thanksgiving, and we receive the bread and wine (or "take communion"). Learn more about communion here. We also offer a healing station at the time of communion.
Except for the Highway 51 side of the building, each side has an entrance. When you arrive, you can come in through either the red doors on Chicago Ave. or the red doors facing the parking lot behind the church – or just follow someone else who's arriving. They'll make sure you get to the right place. You'll be handed a bulletin which has most of the words and music in it. The bulletin will point you to the books we use for parts of the service called the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal 1982, found in your pew. Sometimes there is additional music called "Mass Music" found in the pews and listed in the bulletin.
Again, you can sit wherever you like. Feel free to participate as you feel comfortable. If you'd like to sit and watch and drink it all in, that's fine too! This service lasts about an hour. Rite II uses updated, modern language.
Join us in the Parish Hall after the 10:00 service for delicious treats, coffee, and friendly conversation. It's a great time to get to know a couple of people or ask questions, if you have them.