What does worship mean
in the Episcopal Church? Our Book of Common Prayer provides us with one answer, defining it as the time when “we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments” (p.857). We gather to celebrate the word of the Lord, while also experiencing the comfort of Christian fellowship – whether it be through song, collective prayer, or a simple handshake during the peace.
When we gather on Sundays, we participate in an age old tradition of worshiping together through a shared, or “common” book of prayer. As caretakers of this important legacy, the Worship Committee serves as the forum for the congregation to voice its thoughts and ideas about how we worship at St. Paul’s. For example, this can include discussions about the forms we use for our prayers of the people, the hymns we sing, or planning for special services. Accordingly, we work closely with our Musical Director and Altar Guild to plan worship services.
The Worship Committee meets every fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m., where we review the upcoming worship schedule, hymn selections, and the Altar Guild program. We rely on the involvement and input of parishioners to ensure that we are fulfilling and enriching our spiritual needs. If you have suggestions on how we might enrich our worship, please attend one of our meetings or consider participating on the Committee itself. We look forward to working with you as we continue to celebrate Christ in our own special way.
Chair, Mark Debald