“At St. Mary’s we believe the altar is God’s table, not our table, and everyone is always welcome to receive, no matter what. Consider yourself invited, and invite others. And walk in love as Christ loves us.”
Please join us for worship anytime! We have three regular Sunday worship experiences at St. Mary’s on Sunday morning, an an additional one the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of each month.
Our early morning crowd mosies into the chapel around 7:45. There are anywhere from 6 – 25 of us. There isn’t any formal music, but you might join us in singing a round of Alleluias before the Gospel – so rich with harmonies, you wish it would go on and on. We are sometimes a chatty bunch. We gather close around the altar for Eucharist, and the youngest put out the candles at the end.
Our 9am service has been a part of the Sunday morning line-up since fall of 2010. The creation of this liturgy was two years in the making, as a small group of us wrestled with the meaning of Jesus and the purpose of prayer. Through a lot of conversation and experimentation we developed a worship experience where we don’t have to ‘cross our fingers’. Conie Borchardt leads our music team members who play drums, guitar, and violin.
Our 10:30 service is more of a ‘bread and butter’ Episcopal worship experience. We use Eucharistic prayers from the Book of Common Prayer and other liturgies authorized for use by our General Convention. The prayers of the people are most often written especially for use in our context as St. Mary’s. Bjorn Gustafson leads our choir, our recorder consort, children’s choir, and handbell choir. The music is not only from the 1982 Hymnal but Bjorn also finds extraordinary and complex pieces for our choir to sing with organ or piano accompaniment.
Each service has a sermon, readings from scripture, and the Holy Eucharist. Children are welcome all the time. And the values are the same in all worship experiences – generosity and gratitude, with hearts pointed inward to our relationship with God inside us, and outward to a world in need of love and hope.
The Contemplative Service meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. We gather in the sanctuary (up front, come behind the wooden screen to the chapel area) a bit before 7pm, to settle in for some quiet time. After about an hour of prayer, poetry, and sitting in quiet contemplation, you are welcome to chat over a cup of tea.
Please, come join us in giving thanks to God –