Called to Worship

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We praise thee, O God;

we acknowledge thee to be the LORD.

All the earth doth worship thee,

the Father everlasting.


Liturgy

st-m-worship-liturgy-bob-nathaniel-incenseFrom all over the Portland area, we gather each Sunday to thank God and to sing His praises. Together we practice and pass on the traditions of a centuries old form of worship, traditions shared with millions of believers the world over.

This Anglican pattern of public worship includes prayers we say together as well as private prayers. We pray for each other, for ourselves, and for the world. We read from the Psalms and hear lessons from the Old and New Testaments. We sing hymns and portions of scripture. We listen to sermons that teach us. We confess our sins and receive forgiveness. When we celebrate Holy Communion we hear the Ten Commandments. All the way through we hear who God is, what Jesus did for us, and we respond.

We participate not just with our minds and voices but also with our posture, standing to praise God, sitting to hear His word, kneeling to pray. We offer incense to prepare for God’s entry as the ancients did. We ring bells to make a joyful noise that focuses our attention on the miracle at the altar.

 

In worship, we use the Book of Common Prayer, 1928 edition. This edition contains prayers and affirmations of faith dating to the beginning of Christianity, as well as the traditional Anglican / Episcopal liturgy. This liturgy has been in continuous use since it was published in 1549.

Our worship is centered on the Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion. We believe in the Real Objective Presence of Our Lord’s precious Body and Blood in the Blessed Sacrament and His re-presentation of the One Perfect Sacrifice in the Sacrament of the Altar.

We are Evangelical Catholics, seeking to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ to every creature by the preaching of the Word of God. In all things, we desire to glorify the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Like all orthodox Anglican parishes, our worship is based on the Holy Scriptures, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Hymnal.

Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sunday, and on major Feast Days.  Choral Morning Prayer (Matins) is offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is presented during Advent. We also celebrate a full Holy Week, with Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Sunrise Easter and Easter Sunday Holy Communion. Sacramental Confession is always available by appointment.

 

congregation gathered on porch, carrying palmsThe Church Year

We devote the first part of our year of worship and study to walking with Christ through the seasons and historical moments of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, His Passion, Easter, His Ascension and Pentecost. The balance of the year we focus on the teachings of the Lord and the teachings of His apostles.

This cycle of worship and study, while traditional, is not stale. It both challenges and comforts us as we try to understand and apply the gospel today. To help us, throughout the year there are days set apart for feasting and for fasting that turn our hearts and minds to the disciples who preceded us. 

This calendar and today’s readings are available online at CommonPrayer.org


O be joyful in the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness,

And come before his presence with a song.


Music

st-m-worship-music-jason-and-chrisWe sing. Lots. Together we sing the prayers and praises of the Holy Communion service and every other week we sing Morning Prayer.

Throughout both services we sing treasured hymns that instruct our hearts and that call us to love and to live like Christ. These too follow the church year with tunes and lyrics set apart for each season.

Jason and Chris lead us, he at the organ and she singing. Sometimes our worship includes an offering on accordion or harp, French horn or dulcimer – often a special hymn that speaks to the lesson of the day.

At Christmas we celebrate with the traditional English service The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

To preview The Hymnal we use, visit Hymnary.org