Special Services

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord… Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you… Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere…” Psalm 84:1-2, 4, 10

In all of our sixty plus years, we’ve never canceled a worship service — no matter the weather, no matter the attendance. The following is a listing of the various opportunities for worship throughout the year in order that we may receive from our God His gifts, recall the working of His righteousness, and be strengthened as His holy people!

For times and details for any of the events below, see the worship schedule.

The Season of Advent

While we maintain our regular Sunday morning worship, each Wednesday of Advent we gather for The Office of Evening Prayer.

Second Sunday in Advent: The Divine Service is expanded to include Advent Lessons and Carols, which includes special music by the Cantate, Celebration Ringers and Choristers.
Second Wednesday of Advent: The Office of Evening Prayer with the Great “O” Antiphons.
Third Wednesday of Advent: Our Day School and Sunday School Children’s Christmas Service takes place, typically utilizing the Office of Evening Prayer. Includes special participation and music by the children of our church and school.

The Season of Christmas — The Nativity of Our Lord

Christmas Eve Divine Services: 24 December @ 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. including special music by the Choristers and Middle School Handbells
10:30 p.m. including special music by the Cantate, Celebration Ringers, and instrumentalists
Christmas Day Divine Service: 25 December
Including special music by the Cantate and Brass Ensemble
New Year’s Eve – Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus
The Office of Evening Prayer — 31 December
New Year’s Day – The Day of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus
The Divine Service — 1 January

The Season of Epiphany

The Epiphany of Our Lord
The Divine Service — 6 January

The Season of Lent

While we maintain our regular Sunday morning worship schedule, each Wednesday evening of Lent we gather for The Office of Evening Prayer or the Evening Office of Compline.

Holy Week  

Palm Sunday: The Sunday before Easter, Divine Service with the congregation procession of palms.
Holy Monday through Holy Wednesday: The Divine Service each evening.

The Holy Triduum

(Including special music and choral efforts.)
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday – Tre Ore
Good Friday – Tenebrae
Easter Eve – The Great Vigil of Easter

The Season of Easter

(Including special music and choral efforts.)
The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Day:  Divine Service
The Ascension of Our Lord:  Thursday in the week of The Sixth Sunday of Easter – Divine Service
The Feast of Pentecost:  The last Sunday of the Easter Season — Divine Service

The Trinity Season

(Including special music and choral efforts.)
Trinity Sunday:  Immediately following Pentecost, Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday of the “Time of the Church” — Divine Service
The Feast of the Reformation:  Celebrated on the Sunday closest to October 31st — Divine Service
The Feast of All Saints:  Celebrated on the Sunday closest to November 1st — Divine Service
(The Commemoration of the Departed occurs prior to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.)
The Day of National Thanksgiving:  Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November — Divine Service @ 10:00 a.m.

Other special Feasts and Festivals (such as the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels or Saint Mark the Evangelist) are celebrated as they align with the individual Sundays of the Church Year.