We celebrate our faith through the beauty and mystery of our liturgy and through the glorious music that is so integral to Episcopal worship. As a prayerful people, we experience in liturgy how to understand and relate to God and how to take Christ's message into the world--through worship in "little church" with the Church School as well as in our historic sanctuary. The worship of God is at the very core of our life as a church, and where we come together first as community.
We gather together:
- to hear the story of God in Scripture and preaching
- to sing
- to pray for the world and others
- to greet each other in Jesus' peace
- to celebrate the holy meal of Communion
- to receive blessing so we may go out into the world rejoicing in the Spirit.
We welcome visitors and newcomers and those searching for a church home. We welcome all – believers, seekers, and skeptics - to participate in our worship and programs. There is a place for you in our common search for God.
Our regular worship schedule includes services on Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
This service uses the more traditional Rite I celebration of the Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer. The service takes place in the church. The language of the service has a more ‘Elizabethan’ feel, with the use of ‘thee’ and ‘thou,’ which gives the worshipper a sense of being part of an ancient liturgical tradition which has been used by countless Christians from the Anglican tradition down the centuries. The service also has a quieter and more contemplative feel than the bigger 10:15 a.m. Sunday service, and there is no music at this service. The service lasts about one hour and includes a sermon and Communion. Usually about 40 people attend. A Coffee Hour follows the service once a month.
Sunday morning Rite II Holy Eucharist with choir – 10:15 a.m.
This is the best attended service at Holy Spirit and takes place in the church. Music plays an important role in the service and there are three congregational hymns as well as a choir anthem, as well as hymns and choral music at Communion. Our young people play an important role in the service as acolytes (servers) and also as readers, intercessors and ushers once a month. The service uses the more contemporary language of the Rite II celebration of the Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer. Usually about 100 to 150 people attend this service. Families with children attend the service, but nursery care is offered for those who wish it, and from September through early June, Church School for children from Preschool (ages 3 and 4) through the 9th Grade takes place during the 10:15 service. The service usually ends around 11:30 a.m., and most of the congregation goes to the Parish Hall for the very well attended Coffee Hour. Church School runs from 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m., September through early June.
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Compline: first Sunday of each month, October - June, at 8:00 p.m.
Compline, the ancient service of plainchant and contemplative prayer, will be offered at Holy Spirit on the first Sunday of each month, October - May. The service will take place at 8 pm, and will last no longer than a half hour. This will be a time of quiet, of meditation and prayer; the church will be candlelit, and music will be provided by members of the Holy Spirit Choir.
Our daily lives are full of activity and sound and multi-tasking and hurrying. Come join us, on the first Sunday of each month, the first day of the week, for a half hour of quiet and calm. Compline.