Worship at St. Michael's
Participation in Worship All are welcome to worship at St. Michael's. St. Michael's is a liturgical chruch using scripture, music and tradition in its services. The Hymnal (blue book) is used for music during the service, while the red book or Book of Common Prayer found in the pew forms the basis of the service. It is used by the Episcopal Church to unify and organize the worship. We welcome and join in prayer with people who have different points of view and encourage open dialog. We share a Christian faith that honors the Bible, the traditions of the Church, and God-given human reason.
Services may involve, for those who are able, standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.
Rite II: Rite II is the more common form of the Eucharistic service found at St. Michael's. This form of the Eucharist service has the Communion at its core. The words of the service and the readings from scripture are in contemporary language. The service includes readings from Scripture, preaching, prayers for the church and the world, and Holy Communion. Baptized Christians are invited to share Communion, others to come forward for a blessing.basis of the service. The Hymanl (blue book) is used for the music celebrated.
Communion: All Christians—no matter what age or denomination—are welcome to “receive communion.” Episcopalians invite all people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. Visitors who are not Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing.
The Church Year: The church year consists of two cycles of feasts and holy days: one is dependent upon the movable date of Easter Day and the other upon the fixed date of Christmas Day. The seasons provide the structure for liturgy and celebration along with the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the traditions of the church. One of the most intense periods in the church year is Holy Week, the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Day.
Labyrinth St. Michael's labyrinth is available for prayer and meditation. It is located in the garden area next door at the annex. If you would like more information on how to use the labyrinth please contact the priest in charge.