The central point of our worship is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion. Jesus specifically commanded this service in the New Testament (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 6). We remember the life, death and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, through the proclamation of the Word and the celebration of the Sacrament. Thus the Holy Eucharist is an act of worship and remembrance: we make our offering of worship in response to Christ’s offering of Himself on the cross.
We are a liturgical Church and the Book of Common Prayer provides guidance for all aspects of Anglican worship. Each week’s service bulletin lays out when and which pages of both the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal will be used. As a rule of thumb, we stand to praise God, sit to receive instruction and kneel to pray. Thus, we actively participate in our liturgical worship, involving body, mind and spirit.
Our worship also guides us in our daily lives. This rich liturgical tradition of the Book of Common Prayer informs and enriches our understanding of Holy Scriptures. Using our God-given ability to reason which extends to prayer and reflection, we order our lives so that each and every day is an opportunity to follow in Jesus’s footsteps.