Hearts Tuned to Grace
Sept. 13, 2021
We welcome you to join the St. Aidan's family in our worship of God and our fellowship with one another. In word and sacrament, we gather to pray, sing (or listen), contemplate, and share the holy communion that transforms us into Christ's body for the world he loves. Though we never stopped worshipping together during the pandemic, we are returning to a more normal Sunday routine. We have resumed our 8:30 a.m. service (especially suitable for young families, though children are welcome at every service). Both our 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services include a Zoom component so that as many of our congregation as possible can worship together. For those attending in person,we have chosen to keep some safety measures in place for the sake of those not yet vaccinated and for our most vulnerable members, including children. For the time being, we are wearing masks indoors, refraining from singing, and maintaining more space in seating than required.
We are thrilled that we are now able to use our prayer books and hymnals; to share the peace wisely; and to receive communion (bread only). We monitor coronavirus conditions daily and will adjust our practices as necessary.
Wherever you are coming from, whatever your spiritual journey, you are welcome to pray with us!
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Family-Friendly 8:30 a.m. Service
"Joyful and reverent" are the watchwords for our early service. We keep it simple for our youngest parishioners, with prayers that are easy to repeat, music they can appreciate with their whole selves, and friendly adults who support children's physical and social needs. Scripture, psalm, and sermon offer both children and adults an opportunity to reflect on the whole Christian story, and all are invited to gather around Christ's table to share holy communion. Children are welcome at all St. Aidan's services, but many find the 8:30 format just right for them.
Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:30 a.m. Service
On Sunday we share the eucharistic liturgy as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer, along with contemporary adaptations from time to time. Even with Covid protections, our worship is both joyful and reverent. Holy Communion is available to all and, during this time of health concerns, is administered in accordance with guidance from the diocese. Those who join us online, rather than in person, are invited to a spiritual communion. Though we are not permitted to sing together indoors at this point, we are inspired by the recorded music of our choir and an occasional in-person soloist. Prayers for the community and the world bind us together as we follow the Lord's command: "Do this in remembrance of me."
Celtic Service 5:30 p.m. Service
Our Sunday Evensong service draws on our Celtic Christian roots, with an emphasis on God's presence in all of creation, especially in the natural world and in humanity. Our evening musicians blend keyboards, woodwinds and voices to provide meditative music for contemplation and reflection throughout the service. The service includes poetry, silence, scripture and a short meditation, healing prayers, and candlelight. We encourage those attending on Zoom to prepare your own spaces at home and have your own candles ready to light at the appropriate time.
"As the years have gone by, it's been a source of joy and pride to belong to a church that does welcome everyone. I've brought many people here for various reasons--people from other faiths, and people who have no faith at all. And to see that all are welcome reminds me that not only have I found a place where I belong,
but that allows me to bring in and celebrate everyone in my life."
Parishioner on why she belongs to St. Aidan's