Our Church Services
During the “academic year” at Christ Church we normally have three services. The first, at 8 a.m., is a quieter service using the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Rite One Eucharist. The Rite One Eucharist (Holy Communion) uses more traditional language (“thy” and “thou”). At 9:15 we host the Rectory School Morning Chapel service which is based on Morning Prayer but includes a sampling of materials appropriate for middle school-age students. It is conducted by the Rector or by the Chaplain of the School on alternating Sundays. Our church band, Nine6teen, often plays at this service. The third service, at 10:15, is our Family Eucharist which usually uses a full-text leaflet to be more helpful to newer members/visitors. Our Nursery, Church School and Teen Programs begin at the same time in the education wing and the young people and their teachers all join us for communion. Our church band leads all the music at this service once a month (often the third or fourth Sunday). About 5 times a year we also do a “Church First” Sunday in which everyone, young and older, gather for a shorter communion service at 10:15 and then go to a variety of educational experiences.
We find a mixture of both the traditional and the innovative very important as we approach worship at this time in our life with Christ. For instance you will find both a Maundy Thursday table eucharist as well as a traditional Good Friday evening liturgy, a contemporary music service on certain sundays as well as a Rite 1 service at 8 a.m. the same day.