Worship at St. Paul’s
Saint Paul’s Anglican Church uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and we accept and strive to follow the 39 Articles of Religion. Service on Sunday morning is Holy Communion. Other services, such as Morning and Evening Prayer, are provided as called for in the church calendar.
Those unfamiliar with services according to the Book of Common Prayer will note the participation of the congregation. The designers of the service wished to emphasize that the people are not there as spectators, they are there to worship, and to join their hearts and voices together in the united adoration of the Almighty God. The minister is there to lead the worship, not to monopolize it! We stand to sing praise and glorify God, kneel to pray to Him, and sit to receive instruction about Him.
Thus, although the services are structured, they are not ritualized. The designers aimed to avoid the perils of rock-solid ritual, as well as the empty vapors of “philosophy” so common in today’s society. Christianity is not a philosophy, it is truth.
Visitors will also note the hangings on the altar, pulpit, and lectern. These vary during the year to help remind us of the nine seasons of the Church calendar, which depict our Lord Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.