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Worship Description and Times PDF Print E-mail

pastor-eucharist-smallPlease join us for one of our two Sunday morning services:

8:00: A quiet, traditional, Episcopal Book of Common Prayer Communion service (Rite II) without music or childcare, 45 minutes.

9:15:  Choir Rehearsal

10 a.m:  Sunday School

10:00: A communion service mixing hymns, gospel, and world songs with a blend of Lutheran and Episcopalian language. Nursery and child care provided.

11:00:  Coffee/Social Hour - All are welcome!

7-8:30 p.m: Teen Group twice per month

 
Worship Ministries PDF Print E-mail

all-saintsWe call a worship service a liturgy, which comes from a Greek word meaning "the work of the people." Many join in this joyful work of seeing that our time of prayer and praise goes well. Some of the official roles are listed below. Those that require a brief training are marked with an asterisk (*). For information about participating in these ministries, please contact our office (429-2991 or Email the Office ).
Assisting Ministers* lead the prayers and assist at the altar.
Acolytes* carry the cross, light and extinguish altar candles, and hold the gospel book for the Deacon to read from.  This ministry draws from youth ages 9-17.
Readers* read the Old and New Testament Bible readings during the service.
Ushers* manage the flow of people and hand out worship folders.
Greeters* welcome new visitors and old regulars alike.
Worship Center Teachers* lead the children (age 4-11) in Christian Learning during the first part of coffee hour.
Altar Guild* works behind the scenes to ensure everything is in place to celebrate Communion.
Altar Flower Providers sign up on the bulletin board for when they wish to provide flowers.
Coffee Hour Hosts every member who attends the 10:00 service participates in this important ministry of welcome by providing the coffee hour goodies along with set up and clean up two or three times a year as assigned.
Choir rehearses at 9:15 a.m. most Sundays and performs a choir anthem approximately once every six weeks as well as Christmas Eve and Easter.  No special ability is required--just a desire to sing with joy!

 
Special Worship Services PDF Print E-mail

horse-pastor-smallIn addition to major Christian holidays (Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter, Christmas, Pentecost, etc.), Holy Faith holds a number of special, creative services that highlight a theme or play with a new way of being the church at worship together. These are mostly planned by the Liturgy Team, which is open to the participation of anyone interested. Here are a few of the successful services which we are planning to do again in the coming year (see our calendar):

Animal Blessing: Bring your animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep, cows...all animals are welcome) on an October day to receive a special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint of animals).
Jazz Mass:
Swingable, Singable and Joyous. Typically held in late winter or spring, Pastor Ian leads a band of guest jazz musicians to provide the great sounds.
All Saints' Day:
Members of the congregation make "memory boxes" which display pictures, writings, and objects in honor of dead loved ones.  On the first Sunday of November, we display these around the room, light candles, and read the names of the saints in our lives who have gone on before us.
Mass on the Grass:
An outdoor service on a beautiful late spring morning with special guest musicians - members of the Fiddlers Restrung!
omg-gabriel-2Advent Pageant: Starring the Holy Faith children, and written and produced by Pastor Ian, these are not your typical pageants.  They take us on bus tours to Bethlehem, and invite us to reminisce over home videos from Jesus' birth with an aging Mary and Joseph!
Worship Center Sunday:
A great chance for the whole congregation to experience the wonderful storytelling (and priceless kid comments!) of our Worship Center (Sunday School) program, followed by an all-congregational picnic and kickball game.