Worship & Prayer
Our worship is both traditional and contemporary. This means we worship using the Book of Common Prayer 1979 and celebrate Rite II of the Eucharist or Holy Communion every Sunday. And we sing.
We love to sing. We sing from the 1982 Hymnal, other Episcopal song books and from our own crafted "Praise Song" book that combines old familiar gospel songs and praise songs with more contemporary worship music.
At the Traditional service we have a beautiful choir of approximately 12 members led by our talented musician, Edelmar Obenza.
At the Sunday Contemporary service our music becomes progressive. In addition to piano, you may find violin, guitar and drumming with occasional flute and other types of instruments.
Our services have two parts...
First is the Liturgy of the word where we read from scripture, pray and hear God's words preached. The second half is the Liturgy of the Holy Communion where we celebrate, using the words of Jesus, a reenactment of the Last Supper and his divine Presence at the Altar.
Prayer for the Morning:
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen. ( BCP pg. 461)
Prayer for Sleep:
O heavenly Father, you give your children sleep for the refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep me in that perfect peace which you have promised to those whose minds are fixed on you; and give me such a sense of your presence, that in the hours of silence I may enjoy the blessed assurance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. (From BCP pg. 461)
Prayer for use by a Person In Pain:
Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will: Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to your will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen. ( BCP pg. 461)
Prayer Before an Operation:
Strengthen your servant O God, to do what he has to do and bear what he has to bear; that, accepting your healing gifts through the skill of surgeons and nurses, he may be restored to usefulness in your world with a thankful heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ( BCP pg. 459)
An Evening Prayer:
O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds. ( BCP pg. 112)
An Evening Prayer:
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. ( BCP pg. 124)