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Description of the 3 services
An Instructed Eucharist
At St. Augustine's we use two books in worship, both found in the pew racks: The Book of Common Prayer (red book) and The Hymnal 1982 (blue book).
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There are two Episcopal Rites of Service – I and II. Rite I is the older form of service as set forth in the 1928 Prayer Book. It uses traditional language (e.g., “thee” and “thy” in many of the prayers). Rite II is the newer form of service, introduced in 1979. It uses modern language, and is less formal than Rite I. Both services at St. A's use Rite II.
There are hymns and organ music at both Sunday morning services, although the full choir only sings at the 9 AM. Coffee Hour occurs between the two services, serving as a bridge event and allowing the full Sunday morning church community to enjoy its tradition of gathering together each week at one time in order to maintain the vital sense of community that we all value. As children participate in Sunday School activities during the later part of Coffee Hour, adults have an opportunity to talk with one another more sedately at that time, free from the need to supervise their small ones. Adult education programs are also offered during this period from time to time, allowing adults from both services to join together for learning and conversation.
Each of St. A’s services has something to recommend it – starting a new day with the beautiful language of prayer and praise, and the joy of song and fellowship. And, while many of us consider ourselves “regulars” at one or another of the services, there is much to be learned about each other and our church by occasionally attending a different service. We urge you to consider “mixing it up” once in a while – and experiencing the many facets of worship that St. A’s offers.