Worship at St. Paul's
Our worship follows the order of Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), and other liturgical resources, with music from a variety of musical resources, authorized by the Episcopal Church, including the 1982 Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS), and Enriching Our Worship (EOW).
If this is your first time to St Paul's - welcome! We're happy to have you with us!
When you arrive, just walk up the stairs into the Church, and a friendly usher will greet you and happily direct you.
Worship services a glance...
8:00am - Holy Eucharist in the Church.
10:00am - Choral Eucharist with St. Paul's Chancel Choir and organ, and healing in the Chapel. Coffee Hour follows. In the Church.
10:00am - 10:50am - Sundays for Children
Mustard Seeds, child care for infants and toddlers.
Faith Quest / Godly Play, Sunday School for ages 3-12.
12:10pm Holy Eucharist Healing on First Wednesdays. In the Chapel.
First Sundays (Oct-June)
A short Anglican service combining the end-of-day monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, with St. Paul's Schola Cantorum. In the Church.
The Season of Christmas & Epiphany
In the BCP, Christmas Day is one of the seven principal feasts. The Christmas season lasts twelve days, from Christmas Day until Jan. 5, the day before the Epiphany. The season includes Christmas Day, the First Sunday after Christmas Day, the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and may include the Second Sunday after Christmas Day. In many parishes, the main liturgical celebrations of Christmas take place on Christmas Eve. The BOS includes a variety of resources for use during Christmas, including a form for a Station at a Christmas Crèche, a form for a Christmas Festival of Lessons and Music, and seasonal blessings for use during the Christmas season.
The manifestation of Christ to the peoples of the earth. The winter solstice was kept on Jan. 6 at some places during the first centuries of the Christian Era. In opposition to pagan festivals, Christians chose this day to celebrate the various manifestations, or "epiphanies," of Jesus' divinity. These showings of his divinity included his birth, the coming of the Magi, his baptism, and the Wedding at Cana where he miraculously changed water into wine. The day was called "The Feast of Lights." Celebration of the Son of God replaced celebration of the sun. Baptisms were done, and a season of preparation was instituted. It was later called Advent. The solstice was kept on Dec. 25 by the fourth century. Jesus' birth was celebrated on this day in both eastern and western churches. The western church commemorated the coming of the Magi on Jan. 6. The eastern church continued to celebrate the Baptism of our Lord and the Wedding at Cana on Jan. 6. In the east the day was called "Theophany" (manifestation of God). The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, in the BCP. The Baptism of our Lord is celebrated on the First Sunday after the Epiphany.
In addition to our year-round variety of worship services listed above, St. Paul's also celebrates the Liturgical Seasons, with a calendar of seasonal worship services, published on our online calendar. For more information about the Liturgical Seasons, visit the Episcopal Church's Liturgical Calendar.