Worship: Sunday Service

We are delighted to announce that we have now fitted a Modular Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Air Purification System in our sanctuary heating & cooling system. This will purify and cleanse the air of unwanted airborne particles. The system will hopefully help to eleviate fears of worshipping indoors whilst we ofcourse continue to observe safe distance seating and mask wearing. Hand sanitizer is available at all doors. Communion bread is being individually served at this time, but no wine. 

Following the Covid-19 shutdown, we are now officially in Phase 4 of re-opening according to guidelines from Governor Pritzker and Bishop Lee and we will return to in-house (or in-garden! services as weather dictates). 

Nov 1st Update: As you may have heard, the State of Illinois is imposing additional mitigation measures tomorrow in suburban Cook County (Region 10) due to a sustained increase in COVID-related hospitalizations along with an increasing test positivity rate.

In consultation with the Wardens, we have decided it would be prudent to suspend in-person worship for the time being. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and I want to thank those who have shared their opinions on the matter with us. But we feel that the church has an obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us and to be good role models of Christ's love for humanity.

This time, however, we will be doing things a little differently. Instead of having a service of Morning Prayer via Zoom, the service participants (myself, Deacon Bill, George, etc.) will still hold a Holy Eucharist which will be streamed live over Facebook. The service will look just like the ones we have been holding recently, just with far fewer people in attendance. I hope this will allow at least some semblance of continuity and normalcy. We invite you to participate at home, and you can download the service below.

Please click HERE for the service bulletin. (should be available on the Friday before the given date) 

Our formation discussion program will follow the service (approx 10am) 

Upcoming Sunday Service, November 29th at 9 am

 

 

 

 

Episcopalians are defined foremost by our worship, which is based on the most ancient rites of the Christian Church. We are guided by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the prayerbook tradition of Anglicanism. The primary act of worship in the church is the Holy Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion, the Mass, the Divine Liturgy, and the Great Thanksgiving). The form and function of the Holy Eucharist is the basis for many other acts of worship in the church, including baptism, marriage, and burial. 

YOU ARE INVITED AND WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE FULLY IN ALL ASPECTS OF OUR WORSHIP.

 

Sunday Morning Worship features the Rite II  form of the Holy Eucharist.  Ministers and people pray together both silently and aloud, and together give thanks for our creation, redemption, and sustaining by God. In doing so, there is kneeling, standing, sitting, and interacting with each other. The Rite II features modern langage. Prayers A and B are the most frequently used, fitting a traditional form but using modern language. Prayer C is an alternative form noted for its references to space and (implied) evolution. Prayer D is a prayer developed in conversation with other denominations and the Roman Catholic Church. We also make use of alternative prayers available from other churches in the Anglican Communion, as well as supplements to the prayerbook from a series called Enriching Our Worship.

 

 

 

 


We use the Bible extensively in all our services. Prayers are often either direct quotes or adaptations of passages of Holy Scripture. We also use two lectionaries (scripture reading sequences): a 2-year cycle for the Daily Office, and a 3-year cycle called the Revised Common Lectionary for Sunday worship. These lectionaries cover most of the Bible, and ensure preaching and reflection covers more than just our favorite verses and stories.