When you visit Resurrection, you will be our respected and welcomed guest. You will not be singled out, asked to stand before the congregation, or to come forward. You will worship God with us, with as much privacy or socializing as you wish.

The sanctuary

The sanctuary is a place of worship and reverence. In the center are the altar and the cross, reflecting both our Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father, whose house this is.

On or near the altar are candles to remind us that Christ is the “Light of the World” (John 8:12). Often there are flowers that serve to beautify God’s house and recall the resurrection of Jesus.

Immediately behind the altar is the ambo (sometimes known as the lectern or pulpit), which is the place for the proclamation of the Word. Here the Scriptures are read, and the sermon is preached.

The church year

The Anglican Church observes the traditional Christian calendar. The season of Advent, during which we prepare for Christmas, begins on the Sunday closest to November 30. Christmas itself lasts twelve days, after which we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany (January 6). Lent, the forty days of preparation for Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday. The Easter season lasts fifty days, concluding on the feast of Pentecost. Bible readings for each worship service are chosen for their appropriateness to the season.

The worship service

Anglican worship is congregational. We use the Book of Common Worship as well as supplementary prayer books and hymnals that enable everyone to share fully in each service. The Anglican liturgy (hymns, prayers, and responses shared at each service) is God-centered and beautiful in its ordered dignity, yet mindful of the nature and needs of human beings. Every worship service offered at Resurrection is centered on the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion).

Before and after

We encourage you to use the time before the service for personal meditation and prayer. Upon entering church, many people sit or kneel in prayer as preparation for worship. Many also bow to the altar on entering and leaving the church as an act of reverence for Christ. At the end of the service some people sit or kneel for a private prayer before leaving. Others sometimes sit to listen to the organ postlude.

Stand or sit?

In general, we stand to sing hymns, to say the Creed (our affirmation of faith), and during the reading of the Gospel. We sit during other Bible readings, the sermon, and choir anthems. Many congregants also kneel during prayer to show gratitude and humility to God.

To learn more about how Anglicans worship we recommend this pamphlet by Fr. David Kennedy: “An Understanding of Anglican Worship—A Parish Study Guide.”