St. Augustine's Episcopal Church

Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.



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How we worship

Communion
Children
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).

Posture during worship is a matter of individual preference. Generally, we sit to hear the word of God, stand to hear the Gospel, kneel to confess our sins, and stand to sing.

Communion
All who seek God and a deeper life in Christ, including children, are welcome to receive communion at St. Augustine's.

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Children
Please know that we welcome both you and your children at worship. RELAX! God put the wiggle in children. May we suggest that you sit toward the front where it's easier for the children to see and hear. Sing the hymns, pray, voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying yours. If you feel your child is being disruptive and needs to leave the Service, please feel free to leave, and come back when you can. There is childcare for infants and toddlers through the Parish Hall in the room adjacent to our kitchen. Always remember that the way children are welcomed to Church directly affects the way they respond to Church, God and Christ. Help them know that they are at home in this liturgy of praise and thanksgiving.

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Description of Services at St. A’s
From September through May, St. A’s offers two weekly worship services (Sunday 9 AM and Sunday 10:30 AM), each with its own unique character. From June through Labor Day Weekend, there is one service, at 9:30 AM on Sunday. Although the services differ somewhat stylistically, all follow the liturgy set forth in our Book of Common Prayer. During the first part of the service, we listen to a reading from the Old Testament, a reading from the New Testament, and a reading from the Gospel. The sermon helps us understand the lesson(s) we’ve learned through the readings, after which we pray for our own needs and the needs of others, and greet each other in peace. During the second part of the service, we share in the Holy Communion through the bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s life and sacrifice for us.

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.

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An Instructed Eucharist
The Rev. Betsy Johns Roadman conducted a special teaching service during which there were periodic pauses to explain the "what and why" of each service component. The entire service can be downloaded here: An Instructed Eucharist

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St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
6 Old Post Rd. North
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
914-271-3501
august@bestweb.net