When we talk about worship, we aren't just talking about music. Music is certainly an important part of worship, but it is one part of a much bigger action that involves every part of us and moves into every area of our lives. At St. Paul's we like to describe our worship as ancient, active, and authentic.
Ancient As an ancient church St. Paul's values worship forms that demonstrate continuity with the historic and global community of faith. Our worship is liturgical, which is to say we read many of our prayers, and the creed together. We often use spontaneous expressions of worship, but we don't limit ourselves to what comes to mind on Sunday morning. We like to utilize the prayers and structures that have proven enduring through the ages. The liturgy walks us through a participatory 'reenactment' of the Gospel story every week. And as our worshiping community learns these steps of worship, the Gospel is formed more concretely in our lives. If you have ever experienced a Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran or Orthodox worship service, our ancient worship will seem very familiar. If you have not experienced a liturgical service we invite you to come join us and we will walk you through it.
Active Our worship doesn't end on Sunday morning. Sunday morning is a rallying point, a mountaintop experience. The connection with God's people and God's presence, especially through the Word and Eucharist is an energizing event. At the end of our liturgy we are commissioned to be salt and light in the world. This results in our community engaging every sector of society with the Gospel. Over the past years we have been able to take the love and truth of Christ into parks, pubs, libraries, block parties, business meetings, poetry slams, politics, and public schools. The Gospel of Jesus makes us active in the world for the Kingdom of God. Get plugged into a community group and together we can be active for Christ.
Authentic Although St. Paul’s has high (meaning formal) worship and high ideals, that doesn't mean we need to be high brow. We are people that are hungry to meet a living God. We strive for our worship and our relationships to be authentic. If you spend time with us you will be able to experience that our worship structure is filled with Spirit, that our spirituality is soaked in prayer, and that our relationships are honest and open. We are a church that is broad in our worship, while remaining Christ-centered and community-focused.
If you would like to know more, we have attached a concise worship primer, which prepares you for some of the particulars of worship at St. Paul's in the document below. If you would like to know even more, there is an in dept document at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!