Worship lies at the heart of the life of any community of faith. In worship, we come together to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear the stories of our tradition, to offer prayer, and to celebrate God’s continuing presence among us. All are welcome to participate in our worship because it is in worship that we live out our life as a Christian family.
For Episcopalians, the way in which we worship – primarily using The Book of Common Prayer – is our strongest means of forming our identity and expressing our faith. That faith finds its fullest expression in Holy Communion, our most characteristic form of worship. We celebrate this Eucharistic service several times on Sundays and during the week, in groups large and small.
7:30a Holy Communion
We pray our early morning celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the traditional language (“Thee” and “Thou”) of The Book of Common Prayer’s Rite I. The 7:30a includes a sermon and, without music, ample opportunity for silence.
10:30a Holy Communion
Our most well-attended hour of worship, we customarily pray this mid-morning service in the more contemporary language (“You” and “Your”) of The Book of Common Prayer’s Rite II. Supported by the traditional, choral leadership of the Good Shepherd Choir and organ, the 10:30a includes readings from scripture; a sermon; congregational hymns; prayers for God’s Church, the world, ourselves, and one another; and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
At the reading of the Gospel, families may choose for their Kindergarten through Third-Grade children to follow the cross to the Children’s Choir Room for a meaningful Children’s Chapel program of movement, music, and story. Children’s Chaplains then lead the participating children’s return to their family’s care at the exchange of The Peace, just before the Eucharistic Prayer begins.
10:30a Communion Café
Our second, primary service of mid-morning worship, Communion Café blends traditional, Episcopal worship and a relaxed, inclusive setting. Supported by the choral and musical leadership of a live, acoustic band, Communion Café includes readings from scripture; a sermon; prayers; congregational singing; and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
At the reading of the Gospel, families may choose for their Kindergarten through Third-Grade children to follow appointed Youth guides to the Children’s Choir Room for a meaningful Children’s Chapel program of movement, music, and story. Children’s Chaplains then lead the participating children’s return to their family’s care at the exchange of The Peace, just before the Eucharistic Prayer begins.
11:00a, Worship on The Hill
Our second campus’ Sunday worship follows a slightly less-traditional Episcopal liturgy, in a comfortable setting. Prayed in the more contemporary language (“You” and “Your”) of The Book of Common Prayer’s Rite II, and supported by the choral and musical leadership of a live, acoustic band, The Hill’s worship includes readings from scripture; a sermon; prayers; congregational singing; and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
The Hill’s worship also includes a brief children’s sermon, after which families may choose to allow their children to join appointed Youth for community-building time on the playground. Youth then lead participating children’s return to the sanctuary in time for Communion.
6:00p Holy Communion
Our candlelit, evening worship offers a more meditative, intimate atmosphere, acknowledging with prayer and setting the close of day. The 6:00p opens with the Book of Common Prayer’s Service of Light, and includes readings from scripture; a sermon; prayers; congregational hymns led by organ; and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Choral Evensong with Holy Communion
On the second Sunday of Program Year months (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Good Shepherd Choir leads Choral Evensong for our 6:00p service. Evensong, a music-rich setting of Evening Prayer, is among our most traditionally Anglican liturgies, witnessing the Church’s ancient devotion of praying each day’s hours. At Good Shepherd, this service comprises choral anthems, plainsong chant, congregational hymnody, scripture readings, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Mondays at 12:15p, Noon Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation
This service provides space to pray specifically for those who have been killed or whose lives have been changed by violence, for reconciliation of broken systems, for communities and relationships, and finally to turn over these prayers to our God of hope. In this service we pray with compassion for those who suffer and listen for how God calls us to respond.
Tuesdays at 12:15p, Holy Communion
Our short, lunch-hour worship offers a pause for prayer during the busyness of a workweek. With readings drawn from the Church’s calendar of saints, the service includes a short homily reflecting on the appointed occasion, and continues with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Wednesdays at 5:30p, Holy Communion,
with Anointing for Healing
This evening service includes the Litany of Healing – a series of prayers for health in body, mind, and spirit – as well as the celebration of Holy Eucharist. Worshippers may choose to have the presiding priest anoint their foreheads with oil, a mark in the shape of the cross that provides a vivid, sacramental expression of God’s love in times of sickness and misfortune.
Contemplative prayer, a form of Christian meditation, aims to open practitioners to the presence of God who dwells with us always. The tone of this prayer is peace, stillness, and quiet. Contemplative prayer seeks a personal encounter with God through silence but is powerful when practiced with others.
All are welcome regardless of previous experience of silent prayer. On the third Thursday of each month a contemplative Eucharist is offered.