Worship

One Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m.

First, second and fourth Sundays - Sung Eucharist
Third and fifth Sundays - Gospel Eucharist

One Sunday Morning Service at 10:00 a.m.
 

A Liturgical Church

 

St. Philip’s is a liturgical church, which means we follow fixed orders of service, known as liturgies, which are found in the Book of Common Prayer. The Eucharist is the primary focus of our Sunday worship. The Revised Common Lectionary provides the schedule of Bible Lessons and Psalms to be read on specified days throughout the Church Year.

 

What to Expect on Sunday

 

St. Philip’s is a diverse, inclusive community committed to welcoming all, praying together, serving our brothers and sisters in need and sharing fellowship.

We have all been newcomers and understand that when you are planning to visit a church for the first time, you can have questions. We hope that you will find the following information helpful.

If there are things about our worship that seem difficult and don’t make sense, be patient with the unfamiliarity. Consider that you are entering into a conversation with God and the faithful, which began centuries before we were here and will continue after we are gone. Just join in as you are, and we will all be changed as we go. All who seek God are welcome to the Lord’s Table to receive the Bread and Wine. Even if you do not seek God, you are still welcome because God seeks you. Come and hold in your and taste on your lips the love that we cannot comprehend.

We know it can seem daunting to visit a church for the first time, not unlike visiting a foreign country where you are uncertain about the customs and traditions. We hope this brief introduction will make your first visit at St. Philip’s more comfortable.

 

At 9am, We offer a said service of Holy Eucharist; that is, a spoken worship service of Holy Eucharist (Communion) with prayers and a sermon but without hymns or music. This service is often attractive to those who prefer and/or who wish, from time to time, to experience a more contemplative service of prayer and reflection.

 

At 11:00am, We offer a choral Holy Eucharist, which features hymns led by one of our choirs, and which periodically includes the use of incense and communal chanting of certain sections of the worship service. Specifically, worship is led by the Chancel Choir on the first, second and fourth Sundays and by the Voices of Praise contemporary choir on the third and fifth Sundays.

 

The Service Bulletin, The Book of Common Prayer, The Hymnal 1982 and LEVAS
(Lift Every Voice and Sing)

 

Our weekly service bulletin provides an outline of the service with page references to the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal 1982 and LEVAS to enable you to follow the order of service. You will find a friendly community at St. Philip’s—if you need help finding your place in the service, just ask anyone seated around you. They will be happy to help you!

 

The Sign of the Cross

 

Many people at St. Philip’s follow the ancient custom of making the sign of the cross at various points in the service, in remembrance of their Baptism.

 

One Sunday 10:00 a.m. Morning Service

 

Christian Formation for children takes place during the first half of the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist service. The children join their families in church after the sermon and participate in the remainder of the service. Ask an usher to direct you to the Church School Classrooms. Parents may also choose to have their children join them for the entire service.