The Worship Service

altar 26The Eucharist: All baptized Christians of any age or tradition are welcome to God’s table. Ushers will indicate when it is time for those in your pew to step forward. Please line up in the center aisle in two lines. Those on the right should fill in the altar rail from the right side to the center. Those in the left line should fill in at the altar rail from the center to the left. You may stand or kneel as you prefer. Return to your pew along the side aisles

To receive the bread and wine, place your hands one on top of the other with palms up to show that you wish to receive the bread. Once you have the wafer, you may eat it or pick it up and hold it to dip, or intinct, into the chalice of wine. To drink the wine from the chalice, simply gently guide the cup to your lips when offered by the chalice bearer. After the chalice has passed the person next to you, return to your pew via the side aisle. If you do not want to receive communion for any reason, please cross your arms over your chest to let the servers know and you will receive a blessing instead. If you would like communion brought to your pew, please tell an usher.

The Book of Common Prayer: This is a red book found in your pew. It contains all the prayers and responses for the service. The page numbers needed are listed in the bulletin.

The 1982 Hymnal: This is the blue book found in your pew. It contains hymns and other music for the service. The hymn numbers are listed in your bulletin and on the board in the front of the church. Service music (such as a Kyrie, Gloria or certain prayers set to music) is also available in the front of the Hymnal. This music is listed in the bulletin with an “S” (service) before the number.

LEVAS (Lift Every Voice and Sing): This is the black and red book found in your pew. Songs are listed in the bulletin and on the front board with LEVAS in front of the number.

Bible: There are Bibles available in every pew – explore!