All are welcome to participate in worship at St. Theodore's. It is in worship that we live out our life as a Christian family.
Worship lies at the heart of the life of any community of faith. In worship, we come together to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear the stories of our tradition, to offer prayer, and to celebrate God’s continuing presence among us.
For Episcopalians, the way in which we worship – primarily using The Book of Common Prayer – is our strongest means of forming our identity and expressing our faith. That faith finds its fullest expression in the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion), our most characteristic form of worship.
The Eucharist is a service that sets aside time as we know it. It brings both the past and the future to present reality as we remember Jesus' life, death and resurrection and await his coming again. The service is like a drama that we all enter. The first act of the drama is "The Liturgy of the Word." This first half of the service is based on Jewish worship, which preceded Christianity. God’s mighty acts in history are recalled through scripture and applied to our lives in the sermon. The second act of the drama is "The Liturgy of the Table."
The Episcopal Church is a liturgical church, which means our worship is formalized. The worship leaders usually wear vestments; we use candles, art, music, prayer, and sometimes incense to enhance the worship experience. We use different colors for different seasons of the church year. We often do things in much the same way over and over -- that is, our main worship service has a given form, but within that form great variety is possible.
The liturgy is not something that the clergy do and the congregation watches. This can be seen in the word "Liturgy" itself. Liturgy is a Greek word that comes from the root words for "people" and "work," so the Liturgy is "the work of the people." The liturgy is something that we all do together.
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Weekday Morning Prayer
8:30 a.m. - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday