Worship at St. Andrew's
Worship is our central act of offering praise and prayer to God, hearing God’s word, and participating in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist as a gathered community of baptized people.
Public worship is important because what we enact or do in worship largely shapes what we do as Christians in serving the world. Worship is where we gather in community to remember all that God has done and continues to do and for us. We enact what we believe by entering into God’s presence, participating with God and one another in our actions, symbols, and words. These serve to renew and transform us service in the world.
Our Principal act of Worship: The Holy Eucharist
Sunday traditionally is when Episcopalians gather for worship. At St. Andrew’s we offer two morning worship experiences, one at 8:00 AM and the other 10:30 AM. Both are celebrations of The Holy Eucharist, also known as: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass.
Our eight o’clock worship is according what is known as Rite I: this is a contemplative service of The Holy Eucharist using more traditional, Elizabethan English in our prayers and is a spoken service without music or hymns. Our 10:30 worship is a celebration of The Holy Eucharist according to Rite II: contemporary English for our prayers and includes music and the singing of hymns. We also sing the Psalm and parts of the Eucharistic Prayer are sung.
In addition to Sunday mornings, St. Andrew’s offers a celebration of The Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in our chapel. This worship is according to Rite II without music or singing. It is best described as a contemplative and short service that offers an opportunity to worship mid-week in an intimate setting.
During the academic year, there is an additional celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in the Canterbury Center. This is geared towards the college students to whom we reach out.
How Can You Participate
in Our Worship Ministry?
Lectors are lay members of the congregation who assist in worship by reading the Old Testament lesson.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers read the assigned scriptures, lead the prayers of the people and assist the celebrant in administering the bread and wine at the Eucharist.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring consecrated bread and wine to members of St. Andrew's who, by virtue of health or mobility issues, are unable to attend worship in person.
Acolytes participate in worship services as torch bearers, crucifers and gospel bearers, and assist as needed during the Eucharist. Children age 8 and older as well as adults are encouraged to join in this ministry.
The Saint Andrew’s Choir is open to all who enjoy singing as a ministry. The choir is trained to lead and support the congregation in all the musical aspects of the worship service. An ability to blend with other voices is required, and the ability to read music is desirable.
Ushers are used as needed at funerals and other special services to assist in an orderly seating of attendees.
Greeters are usually the first person a newcomer sees when attending a worship service at Saint Andrew’s. The greeters provide a warm welcome to all attendees and to answer any questions the newcomer may have about Saint Andrew’s.
Altar Guild members ensure that all appointments, including linens, vestments and utensils used at the Eucharist, are clean, and the altar is prepared for each service.
Counters are present or former vestry members who work as a two-person team to count each Sunday’s offering and prepare and deposit the offering at the bank. Counters are charged with maintaining confidentiality in their performance of this ministry.