Gathered worship is a huge part of our life together at All Saints. Every Sunday we come together from our different walks of life to hear God's Word, to raise our voices in song, to pray with and for each other, and to receive Holy Communion. From beginning to end, everything we do is for the glory of God, and for the encouragement of his people.
As an Anglican Church, our worship takes on a liturgical form. The word liturgy comes from an ancient Greek word that means the work of the people. It is both the work of the people in service to God, and the work of God in service of the people. In other words, like any good conversation, liturgical worship is about a back-and-forth movement between God and his people. Because of this, liturgical worship has a number of written prayers which we all recite together, as well as call-and-response interactions between the priest and the congregation. To learn more about liturgical worship, please watch this video from our friends at Christ Church Anglican.
On Sunday morning, this same liturgical worship is offered in two distinct musical styles. At our 9:00 AM service, the music takes on more of a classical flavor, with the choir leading the congregation in traditional hymns and anthems, and with the musicians playing classic praise choruses during Communion. The music at the 11:00 AM service is offered in more of a contemporary folk style, with the band leading the congregation in an assortment of hymns and choruses both old and new.
Regardless of musical style, the heart of our worship is the same at both services. When we gather together in the name of Jesus, the veil between heaven and earth is lifted and we are invited to take part in the worship of heaven, where all the saints and angels join together to glorify God and enjoy him forever.