Worship Practice and Style
St. Paul’s celebrates Holy Communion at 10 AM on Sunday morning in a service that includes a blend of hymnal and contemporary praise music. We celebrate using Rite II (contemporary language), except during Lent where the tradition is to use a more traditional service style. A full worship team of lay ministers supports each service. A complement of services is offered during Holy Week.
On the first Wednesday of each month, Taizé Service is offered as a time of quiet reflection and contemplation, an opportunity to rest in the Holy Presence and re-calibrate that frantic inner clock. This forty-five minute service is marked by sacred music, Scripture and meditative prayer. We welcome visitors of any (or no!) faith background to join us in this peaceful time.
Individual healing services are available by appointment, and our prayer ministry is available every Sunday during communion and after the service for healing prayer.
A Digital Ministry was developed in late 2020 to offer worship opportunities during the times when we could not gather in person and to develop St. Paul’s outreach online.
The Digital Ministry continues to be developed and includes a live streamed Sunday service available on our Facebook page.
Opportunities for Worship Leadership
As a liturgical church lay members participate fully in worship. Any one can be trained to serve at the altar. Here are opportunities available to everyone.
Lector—reads the Old and New Testament lessons and the Psalm.
Lay Eucharistic Minister—helps administer the wine during the Eucharist; lead the Prayers of the People.
Acolyte—lights the candles prior to the service, assist the priest in the preparation of the Eucharist, and extinguishes the candles at the end of the service.
Oblationer—brings the bread and wine to the altar.
Usher—helps seat parishioners and visitors, assist with the collection of money during the offertory, and counts the number in attendance.
Greeter—to welcome individuals to worship.
Digital Worship Assistant—the service is viewed via a projector. The “pages” must be “turned” electronically for the congregation.
Coffee Hours Crew—coffee takes place after the service and help is needed to set up and clean up.
Altar Guild—a group of people who prepare the altar and Eucharist each Sunday and clean up after. They also assist with special services like baptisms, funerals and weddings or worship events like Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Pentecost, Christmas and Easter.
Music Team–a group of musicians including a violinist and guitarist provide music for services. All choristers and instrumentalists are welcome.