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Anglican worship is old-old school

The forms of our worship might take a little getting used to, but we trust that you will immediately experience the warmth and love of Christ Church the moment you enter the door.

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Before you come, here are a few “cues” to follow:

1. Who are these people?

Our altar party and clergy wear dresses (“albs”) on Sundays. While these clothes might make them “stand out,” the purpose of these garments is to emphasize the role, not the person (it’s not about me). Deacons (ones who serve in the midst of the people) wear a stole on one shoulder, while Priests (pastors) wear a stole over both shoulders. The Celebrant (the pastor who leads the celebration) wears what we affectionately call the holy poncho (“chasuble”). This “poncho” just indicates to everyone in the room who is leading the liturgy in that service.

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2. What is Christ Church all about?

Christ Church is a Bible church and the Bible is all about Jesus. Thus, Anglican liturgy is all about Jesus, the Word made flesh. We read the Word, preach the Word, and receive the Word in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

Like any Christian worship service, we sing songs, pray prayers, hear the words of Scripture and the sermon, and we receive communion. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in our worship service. If you are a baptized follower of Jesus (you don’t need to be Anglican!) you are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper with us at the end of the service (because you are a part of our family!).

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