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Worship at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s seeks worship that touches the heart and mind through word and sacrament for the sake of the kingdom. In a typical week, we offer four services on Sunday (three services on Sunday during the summer) as well as a midweek Eucharist; daily Morning Prayer services; and Faith@5, a Saturday evening service of Holy Eucharist.

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Introducing St. Paul’s New 9 am Service:  an engaging, family-friendly service

When designing the new 9 am service we focused on three themes: Welcome, Formation, and Participation.   The liturgy itself will use traditional elements of the Episcopal service, but will also offer pieces explicitly for our youngest parishioners.   

Welcome

The new 9 am service is open to people of all ages and walks of life, but you’ll find elements in this service that engage our youngest parishioners — like movement, real bread, and musical instruments for them to play during the closing hymn.  

Formation

Each week, we’ll begin with a “ministry moment”  that will help connect particular pieces of the service to one’s faith formation.

Participation

We’re looking for kids ages 6-9 (pre-acolyte age) to be bell-ringers and oblation bearers (bringing up the bread and wine at the offertory), for families to sign up as ushers and to lead the prayers of the people together, and finally for bread bakers.  The children’s choirs will be apart of the service on a regular basis, and when they aren’t singing a prepared anthem, we hope their enthusiastic voices will lead the service! The most noticeable difference regarding participation is that everyone will gather around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer and closing hymn.  (If standing is difficult, anyone can choose to sit in a front pew or on one of the chairs or benches on the altar.)

To sign up for any of these new roles, contact The Rev. Alyse Viggiano (alyse@stpaulsalexandria.com). 

Feedback/Focus Group

As with most new undertakings, changes to the 9 am service will be a work in progress, so we are looking for people to explore the question, “How is the 9 am service doing?” with us.  If this sounds intriguing to you, or if you have more questions, please contact The Rev. Elizabeth Rees (elizabeth@stpaulsalexandria.com).

We invite everyone who attends to help create an atmosphere that is warm, flexible, and informal so kids feel they belong, parents feel comfortable when young ones squirm, all in order that everyone feels fed as one Body in Christ.

7:45 a.m.

Holy Eucharist Rite I – quiet spoken service

10:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist Rite II (summer schedule from May 26 through September 8, 2019)

2:00 p.m.

South Sudanese worship service in Dinka

4:30 p.m.

Contemplative prayer in the Johnston Room before the 5:00 service

5:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist Rite II with Healing – contemplative candlelit service that incorporates elements of ancient practice with timeless music in a modern context

Notes

  • Childcare is available on Sunday for infants through age two from 8:45 – 11:00 a.m. in the nursery on the second floor of Wilmer Hall.
  • Coffee and fellowship follow the 7:45 a.m. service in the pantry and in the courtyard following the 10:00 service.
  • Complementary parking is available all day Sunday at the Courthouse Square Garage (111 S. Pitt Street). Please ask an usher to stamp your parking ticket as validation.
  • Anyone may donate altar flowers to honor a loved one, celebrate a birth, baptism, confirmation or mark other special occasions. Learn more about this special Altar Guild program or schedule a donation by contacting Jane Cole at 703-780-0204 or via email.

5:00 p.m.

Faith@5 – an informal, inspiring service of Holy Eucharist that welcomes casual attire and features on-screen visuals, paperless participation, and contemporary music. Faith@5 takes place in Norton Hall, with hospitality following the service. Complementary parking is available Saturday evenings at the Courthouse Garage (see note on Sundays).

9:00 a.m. Monday – Friday

Morning Prayer – a liturgy involving prayers, psalms, and canticles. This service is offered in the chapel.

12:00 p.m. Wednesday

Holy Eucharist – a Rite II service including a homily and Holy Communion. This service is offered in the chapel.