Holy Communion

Sundays at 9:00 AM

Holy Communion, sometimes called the Eucharist or the Mass, has been the Church's principal service for nearly 2,000 years. The first part of the liturgy is based upon the synagogue service which earliest Christians continued to attend after Christ's resurrection. It consists of prayers, scripture readings and sermon. The second part involves an act of self-sacrifice. Bread and wine, representing the lives of the people, are placed upon the altar. There they are joined to Christ's absolute act of self-sacrifice and offered up to God. Our lives are then returned to us, imbued with Christ's own life force. His very Body and blood. In so doing the congregation literally fulfills the word of Romans 12:1:

"I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."

Please see Bishop Suttons' "An Instructional Commentary for the Order of Holy Comunion," for a more detailed explanation of this worship service.

The Typical Order of Service:

Processional
Collect
Summary of the Law
Collect of the Day
Epistle of the Day
Gospel of the Day
Nicene Creed
Announcements and Blessing
Sermon
Offertory
Doxology
Great Intercession
Confession and Absolution
Comfortable Words
Sanctus
Consecration
Invocation
Lord's Prayer
Agnus Dei
Ministration of Holy Communion
Post Communion Thanksgiving
Glory in Excelsis
Benediction
Recessional

BCP = 1928 Book of Common Prayer