Parish Life on Sunday
Our vibrant parish life focuses on two spiritual practices: Sunday worship and Tuesday Bible prayer circle.
Sunday Sanctuary Hour
The sanctuary opens at 12:00 noon for quiet reflection. In addition to music, there is a spiritual art activity prior to worship such as collage making and coloring. Refreshments are available.
Sunday Worship in the Episcopal Tradition at 1:30 p.m.
Like every Episcopal Church around the world, COA uses The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for our worship services. During worship, we sing hymns; pray silently and aloud, individually and together; and we share in communion. If you aren’t familiar with the Episcopal service, don’t worry. It’s easy to follow along, and there are plenty of people who will help you.
Liturgical Seasons of the Year
We observe the six liturgical seasons of the year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. That is why you will see the colored fabric on the cross and the priest’s vestments change throughout the calendar year to reflect each liturgical season: White is used during Christmas and Easter, on All Saints’ Day, and at weddings and funerals. Purple and blue are used during Advent and Lent. Red is used on Pentecost Sunday. Green is used during the weeks after Epiphany, Trinity Sunday, and Pentecost.
Breaking bread together is a long-standing tradition at COA. Immediately following worship, volunteers begin serving Sunday lunch. The food, which is provided by MANNA Foodbank, is prepared and served by volunteers. It truly is a community meal. We use this as a time to get to know one another better and celebrate earth’s bounty.
Prior to and following the service, we open our Nurse’s Station. Staffed by a parish nurse, the station provides treatment for minor ailments with over-the-counter medications, foot care products, lotions, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes to parishioners.
Parish Life on Tuesday
Tuesday Prayer Circle – The Word Among Us – Followed by Breakfast
When the doors open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, we never know who will join us in the prayer circle. Some people come regularly; some come only once. All are welcome.
The prayer circle follows the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina that involves four easy steps: read, meditate, pray, contemplate. The prayer leader first reads a passage of Scripture. The group then reflects on its meaning, after which prayer and contemplation of the Scripture follow.
This ancient tradition, which began in monastic communities in the 4th century A.D., provides a soothing structure through which each person can explore the meaning of Scripture in his or her life.
Breakfast is served following the prayer circle.