There’s no easy way to describe the way we worship together at St. Michael’s. It’s both contemporary and traditional.
Our worship follows the Book of Common Prayer, so we pray using words shared across the world by Anglicans and rooted in the very earliest church. Yet we have a time of open prayer as well and worship in our own, distinct voice.
You will see some people kneel during prayers, and others stand. You will see some people who lift their hands during worship songs or prayers. You will see others who make the sign of the cross on their chest. Whatever “style” of worship you are comfortable with, you will find something familiar in the worship at St. Michael’s. And maybe you will find a new way to connect with God as well.
Communion is the heart of our worship. All who seek deeper life with God are welcome to share in our celebration that Jesus, and all he has done for us, is present in the Eucharist. When we gather to share the broken bread and wine, we witness that we really are made one body in Christ. You can consume the bread and drink from the chalice; or you may hold the piece of bread and dip it in the chalice. Those who do not wish to receive bread and wine are welcome to come forward during Communion to receive a blessing; simply cross your arms across your chest.
We trust that we meet God in Holy Scripture, and so we listen and respond to the Scripture each week in our worship. We follow a Lectionary that week by week guides us through the stories of the Old and New Testaments and, along with the wider Church and Christians around the world, we embrace the ancient tradition of the Church year. Season by season, we’re invited to experience the mystery of Christ’s redeeming work unfolded in the Gospel story and in our own lives.
We are people who sing! We sing our praise, our trust and our hope. Our team of singers and musicians leads us in singing that draws on modern worship song, the tradition of the Anglican hymnal, African-American Spirituals, music from Taize and original compositions as well. You’ll hear keyboards, drums, guitars, bass…and, when we go out, our youngest handle the tambourines and kazoos.