About Us... How We Worship

Worshipping and praising God is the central activity of the St. David’s community. While we glory in the ancient liturgical and musical traditions of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, we also work to understand the myriad ways in which Our Savior is known and worshipped throughout the world. Our worship is always interesting, often beautiful, frequently moving, and always warm and embracing.

As is true for much of the Episcopal Church, one of the most important aspects of our congregational worship is the Holy Eucharist. Celebrated three times a week, the Eucharist / Sacrament of Holy Communion is the center of our life together.  All are welcome to participate as fully as they feel moved.

We strive to make our worship as welcoming and as friendly as possible. If you are unfamiliar with our tradition, the bulletin will help guide you through the liturgy. It makes reference to the Hymnal and Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which are in the pew racks. You will see directions in the bulletin about sitting and standing.  Also, you might see members of the congregation kneeling, bowing, or making the sign of the cross during the liturgy. None of those actions are "requirements" and we invite you to participate in any way that feels authentic to you.

Sunday Worship

Our two Sunday morning Eucharists (8am in the chapel and 10am in the church) are at the same time very different and very much alike. 

The 8am service is a spoken service, usually without music, using Rite II of the 1979 edition of the Book of Common Prayer.

The 10am service is a Choral Eucharist, featuring music from our pipe organ (and sometimes other instruments) in addition to at least one of our choirs. The 10am service is also grounded in Rite II. Similarly, while our hymns are generally found in the 1982 Hymnal, we occasionally use selections from Lift Every Voice and Sing and other sources used throughout the Church.

Both services feature excellent preaching, which is a proud tradition at St. David’s. Another historic element of the Anglican tradition found at St. David’s is Worship in the Style of Taize (click here to find out more).

What to Expect in an Episcopal Church?  
from Anglicans Online can be found at:
http://anglicansonline.org/basics/expect.html

The Book of Common Prayer Online
can be found at:
http://www.st-vidicon.net/bocp/

Daily readings for the Episcopal Church can be found at:
http://satucket.com/lectionary/index.htm 

Fr. Chris has written a book:
      "Jesus Was An Episcopalian (and you can be one too!)"
and video clips of the chapters can be found at:
http://www.jesuswasanepiscopalian.org/