Over time, worship styles at St. Paul have ranged under different rectors from elaborate High Church Masses to simple Low Church Morning Prayer.
Throughout our most recent rector’s tenure, corporate worship has been exclusively Holy Eucharist, with minimal liturgical embellishments. Corporate worship at St. Paul today is the center of our shared Christian experience, bringing us together at the Lord’s Table.
Pre-COVID-19, there were three liturgies scheduled each weekend with published bulletins for each liturgy:
Saturdays, 4:00 p.m. No singing. The priest is assisted by a lector and a chalice bearer. We hold the service in the east transept to provide a more intimate setting. Average attendance is 30.
Sundays, 8:00 a.m. Organ and hymns. The priest is assisted by lectors, a chalice bearer, worship coordinator, and often a deacon or second priest. Average attendance is 65.
Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Organ, hymns, and choir. Many of the peoples’ parts are sung. The priest is assisted by acolytes, a chalice bearer, worship coordinator, and often a deacon or second priest. Average attendance is 225. A children’s liturgy is held once a month.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer pre-recorded liturgy of our 10:30 a.m. service, which is made available on our website, Facebook and YouTube.
Pre-COVID-19, the Interim Rector introduced Home Eucharist celebrations, which were well-received and well-attended. Home Eucharists were celebrated monthly on a weekday evening and open to all.
Ushers are present at the Sunday liturgies and serve as greeters and carry the gifts up to the altar during the service.
A liturgy coordinating committee schedules and trains all lay liturgy ministers for all services and holds a monthly meeting to keep all lay ministers informed of changes and events.
Sunday sermons are videotaped and uploaded to the church’s website. There are no scheduled regular weekday Eucharists. We previously held a Taizé service once per month, spearheaded by the former music director. The future of that form of worship has been uncertain. Our new rector will hire a new music director and we hope, as expressed in the Church Assessment Tool, that more contemporary music is incorporated into the liturgies. Stations of the Cross are held during Lent. During Advent, we have held Stations of the Nativity for the past two years. We hold special services throughout the liturgical year, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and the Holy Week Triduum.
Worship of the Lord at St. Paul is enhanced and expanded by several outstanding retired clergy who live in the area and have made themselves available, and by the efforts of several trained members in several parish lay ministries.