At St. Christopher’s, we are blessed to create a worship space to meet the seeker wherever they are on the journey of faith. We offer three unique worship opportunities grounded in the Episcopal tradition.
8:00 am – Contemplative Eucharist, Rite I
Worship on Sundays at St. Christopher’s begins at 8:00 AM when we share a traditional Rite I Eucharist with liturgical flow and language that have changed little in the 100-plus years that St. Christopher’s has been alive. Some people call this language “the Queen’s English,” referring in part to its formality, although those who attend this service are anything but formal. This quiet, spoken service of prayer, scripture, and Holy Communion is an inviting encounter with God in the company of a wonderful and growing group of people.
9:30 am – Contemporary Wiggles Eucharist, Rite III
Our contemporary eucharist is grounded in the belief that all should feel welcomed and accepted as who they are. “Wiggle Worship” is a Rite III Eucharist geared toward younger children and their families, but welcomes all people of all ages. We listen and discuss God’s Good News, sing and pray together, and share Christ’s bread and wine. There are no service leaflets, which means that music and responses are simple. Prior to pandemic realities, the children did virtually everything, including helping with the sermon, preparing the table for Communion, collecting the offering, and distributing Communion. These important ministries of service are being added back in as mitigations allow. The service is traditionally 40 minutes. Recent growth in the Wiggle Worship service led us to replace six pews with movable chairs.
11:00 am Choral Eucharist, Rite II
Our 11:00AM service is a Rite II Choral Eucharist which uses both The Book of Common Prayer and approved liturgical materials from Enriching Our Worship. Forms of the Eucharistic Prayer change seasonally and the Prayers of the People weekly. This service typically lasts an hour to one hour and 15 minutes and is accompanied by our liturgical choir under the direction of our choirmaster and organist Dr. Richard Sobak.
In the Episcopal Church, we call holy life events sacraments. We acknowledge that God is present in every occasion of our lives. Some of these we mark together with special celebrations of worship to highlight the ways in which God is always at work throughout our life's eventss. As Episcopalians, we believe that these observations reveal God's grace to us in new ways and call them sacramental.
The choral and hymn repertoire is chosen for its liturgical, seasonal, and musical sensibilities. Music and texts are selected that will primarily reflect upon scriptural texts and the liturgical season of any given service. We continue to use a variety of resources for hymnody and service music, drawing from such hymnals as the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, Wonder, Love, and Praise;…Read More »
Below are listed recent sermons delivered at St. Christopher's
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