Anglican worship, and worship at St. Mary’s follows a pattern that begins with the gathering of the community, then listening to and reflecting on the Scriptures. The community then brings the needs of the world and the community to God in prayer, and the group partakes in the holy meal of bread and wine – the Eucharist, before being sent forth into the mission of daily life.
The six seasons of the church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, as well as the revised common lectionary of Scripture readings shape our worship.
Our worship is enhanced by the presence of symbols including symbols of our two sacraments—an altar or table for the Eucharist, and a font for baptism. Anglican churches also have crosses, the symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection, and candles, which remind us of the light of Christ and the fire of the Holy Spirit.