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What should you expect when you come to St. Matthew’s on Sunday for worship?
Sunday is traditionally when Christians gather for worship. The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as: The Lord’s Supper, the Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion, or Mass. Eucharist is simply the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’. All three of our Sunday services include Holy Eucharist as part of the liturgy.
What is liturgy? Liturgy is one of the words we use to describe our worship service – it refers to the actual words we use to worship with and comes from the Episcopal Church’s 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Basically, it refers to the type or style of the worship service.
Is there a dress code for services? No - God welcomes those in blue jeans the same way He welcomes those in a suit and tie, and that means we’ll welcome you too.
Can you bring your kids? You bet – God loves the sound of children’s voices, and so do we. (If you’re wondering, we do provide nursery care beginning at 8:45, and offer Children’s Chapel for the 9 and 11 services.)
The 7:30 Service
This is our quietest service. There is no sung choral music – instead there is a sense of quiet contemplation. The liturgy varies depending on the season. What do we mean? For example, the liturgy during Lent will feel and sound more reverent and penitential than the liturgy for Easter.
The 9:00 Service
This service is our traditional choral music service. What does that mean? It means we have music that is played on the organ or piano and a choir that leads us in singing the hymns for the day. Many of our hymns have come down to us over the centuries, but there are modern hymns as well. This is, along with the 11:00 service, one of our larger services, meaning we normally have a “full house” and take great delight in squeezing in to make room for all!
The 11:00 Service
This is our modern, contemporary service led by our Christian rock band! This is the most boisterous of our three services. The music is Christian music you might hear on the radio – our band is comprised of piano, guitars, bass, drums and singers. The liturgy we use at this service is the same as the liturgy used at 9:00 – but because the music is modern, the feel is different. As with our 9:00 service, this is one of our larger services.
We are a vibrant community, a community filled with a sense of family and of belonging. Our liturgy has been handed down through the centuries and anchors us to an ancient faith. As a liturgical church our goal is to make worship as meaningful – and just as important – as easy as possible. We use a combination of bulletins and prayer books at our early service, and bulletins only at our other services. What’s a bulletin? It is your guide for worshiping with us. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to worship – there is only what works best for you individually. The focus is on God. You can simply sit and observe, or you can join in and participate. When it is time for Holy Eucharist, we welcome all baptized Christians to join us at our table, to partake of the sacrament of Holy Eucharist and to deepen your relationship with God. God isn’t for the few, or the privileged. God is for everyone. Come and see!