Worship

We gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God.

When we worship, we gather with others before God. We hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, give thanks, confess our brokenness, and offer ourselves to God. As we break bread, our eyes are opened to the presence of Christ. Then we are sent out into the world to make the love of God known to the world. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are made one body, the body of Christ sent forth to live the Way of Love.

Our weekly Sunday worship is centered on Holy Communion, in which we share in the ancient meal that Christ himself commended to us all.  All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion at St. Simon & St. Jude, and all are invited to come forward to receive God’s blessing from our priest.

We believe that worship is the work of the assembly.  Although the service is led by ordained clergy, there are many opportunities for lay persons to serve in worship:

  • Acolytes aid in the worship service from the procession, through the Gospel reading, to the reception of the elements and distribution of collection plates, through the recession; serving from about age 11 up.
  • Ushers manage influx and outflow of parishioners; generate attendance statistics; distribute collection plates; facilitate flow to and from altar for communion.
  • Greeters welcome all who come to our church, guide visitors through the facilities, distribute newcomer materials.
  • Lectors and storytellers proclaim the first and second lessons each Sunday by reading, or telling by heart, the first and second scripture readings of the week. (Storytellers memorize their assignments); They also lead the prayers of the people.
  • Eucharistic ministers assist at the altar in the distribution of wine for communion and assist the celebrant as needed.
  • Altar & Flower Guilds assist behind the scenes, preparing the altar for worship and arranging flowers to beautify our worship to the glory of God.