Worship at Christ Church takes place for the most part at 8:00 and 10:00 am on Sunday mornings. The 8:00 service is a smaller, more intimate service of Holy Eucharist, without music. Parishioners sit together in the choir pews in the chancel, and at the Great Thanksgiving they gather in a circle around the Holy Table for the Prayer of Consecration, the Holy Communion, and the Post-Communion Prayer and blessing.
The 10:00 service is also a service of Holy Eucharist, but includes music, featuring a vocal choir and a bell choir during the program year (September to June). Our style is warm and welcoming, while still honoring the reverential nature and beauty of Episcopal liturgy.
Other services of note are held on special days of the year. Each October we celebrate St. Francis day, inviting parishioners to bring their pets to church for a special blessing. In November we invite Veterans in the area to a special Veterans Day service. In early December we celebrate St. Nicholas and remember his contribution to his sisters and brothers in need. Of course there are special services on Christmas Eve, one earlier in the evening which normally features a pageant for the children, and also “Midnight Mass” with choirs and special music. In addition to Ash Wednesday services to mark the beginning of Lent, on Maundy Thursday we have for a number of years had a “Paschal Supper,” a Passover Seder, followed by Maundy Thursday worship, the stripping of the altar, and the setting of the watch in the “garden”. Good Friday generally features a Mass of the Pre-Sanctified, a service of Stations of the Cross, and an evening Tenebrae service.
In the summer months, when the full choir is on hiatus, we are often blessed with special music from soloists, or guest musicians. Whatever the season, we do our best to ensure that our worship life is meaningful, beautiful, warm and welcoming, and accessible to all.