As Christians who keep the image of “table fellowship” at the center of our congregational life, we are convinced that the hospitality of our community’s worship is the foundation of all we do. We embrace this commitment because the way a community prays together can inspire the story of God’s loving presence with us in Christ and the story of how the Holy Spirit knits us together as members of the Body of Christ.
We are also convinced that how we pray—the language we use, the texts we recite, the hymns we sing—matters for how we live the Gospel in a world of injustice and oppression, and among people in pain. We are therefore committed to a process of ongoing refinement in our liturgical language so that how we speak about God and our lives together is inclusive of all genders, helps us to dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism, and inspires ecological healing and renewal.
Our commitment to justice and healing is woven through our shared worship at All Saints’ Parish, which follows ancient and classical patterns of Christian prayer, with the Eucharistic Table at the center. The result is a compelling mix of both comfortably reliable and faithfully innovative forms of common prayer and worship.
We know that Anglican styles of worship are not familiar to everyone, so we seek to create a genuinely hospitable atmosphere for worship in which everyone can feel welcome—this includes remaining seated throughout the liturgy and simply observing, which is perfectly acceptable.
We offer two opportunities for worship on Sunday mornings:
- The first is at 8:00am, which is offered using “Rite 1” in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, without music. This is a quiet, contemplative, and also lyrical service that evokes the original Elizabethan language of the sixteenth-century English reformation.
- The second service, at 10:15am, is offered with more contemporary language using “Rite 2” in the Prayer Book, with hymns, chanting, and occasionally a choir and guest musicians. This service is also available online, live-streamed to Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.
We also offer a midweek service of Evening Prayer, the sources for which are drawn from a variety of prayer books and liturgical rites, and which invite engagement with particular seasonal themes. This is offered on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm online, either through Zoom or via Facebook Live.
“It is what makes the Church what it really is. For that short time, when we gather as God’s guests at God’s table, the Church becomes what it is meant to be – a community of strangers who have become guests together and are listening together to the invitation of God.”
— Rowan Williams