The 9am service at St. Mary’s was created about five years ago, as some St. Marians struggled with some of the more traditional theology and creeds as found in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer. What has evolved after years of study and experimentation is a service rooted in the Gospel, centered around the Eucharistic Table, but with a more progressive theological understanding. Those familiar with the Episcopal Church will recognize the same order of service, meaning: we gather, hear the Word of God as expressed both in the Gospel but also from sources like poetry or the newspaper, remember our Baptismal promises, say our prayers, and bless and eat bread and wine, and then get dismissed into the world to make it a better place. Leadership is equally shared between clergy and non-ordained adults and teens.
Children are especially welcome to sit up close and participate in the service. If your child prefers more active play for all or part of the service, there is nursery care if you would like to have your infant or toddler tended to during the service. For more information about the nursery, visit here.
All of us gather around the altar for the blessing of the bread, with children being the closest and the first to receive.
All are invited to sing a lively mix of easy-to-sing songs, and we are accompanied by an assortment of singers and musicians, ably led by Conie Borchardt. The music is eclectic, with roots from around the globe. For more information about our 9am music, visit this page.
The 9am service is certainly our largest, and craziest service of the morning. You are invited, and will be warmly welcomed!