Please check out below for a brief outline of all of our services.
Worship Services at St. Thomas
Sunday 8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the Chapel of the Incarnation on Sunday’s at 8:00 a.m. The Chapel is located adjacent to the main body of pews in the Church, and is separated from the Nave by a brick knee wall. Access to the Chapel is via the ramp from the parking lot, through the Link door, or by using the main Alta Vista Drive entrance. We worship using a service booklet adapted from the Prayer Book language Eucharist in the Book of Alternative Services. The service includes prayer in both traditional and modern language. A “singing bowl” calls worshippers to times of silence, reflection, and prayer at different points in the service. This is a “said” (as opposed to “sung”) service with no hymns. A sermon is preached.
10:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the main body of the Church on Sunday’s at 10:00 a.m. Seating is also available in the Chapel and the balcony. We use the modern language version of the Eucharist in the Book of Alternative Services, supplemented by worship material from the world-wide Anglican Communion, and Ecumenical sources, as authorized by the Bishop. Many parts of the service are sung, led by the Choir. Hymns are sung, using the Book of Common Praise and other sources; and a sermon is preached. The Choir typically sings an anthem, drawing from the rich tradition of choral music, both ancient and modern. Worship includes both joyful musical praise and silent refection, aided by use of the “singing bowl.” A small Nursery and Sunday School are available to families with children. A time of fellowship follows the service. In the summer, the service is shortened and a Chancel Altar is used at the head of the Nave. While there is no choir, hymns are sung.
Wednesday The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the Chapel of the Incarnation on Wednesday’s at 10:00 a.m. The service is celebrated using the modern language Eucharist in the Book of Alternative Services. We read the Gospel for the coming Sunday and reflect on it together using the spiritual practice called Lectio Divina (“sacred reading”). The Gospel is read three times, using three different versions of the Bible. The method used is from A Disciple’s Prayer Book published by the Indigenous Theological Training Institute. Participants are invited to notice which words or phrases stand out for them; ask themselves what Jesus/ the Gospel is saying to them; and finally, what Jesus/ the Gospel is calling them to do. Worshippers are enriched by the insights of the group. This is a small, quiet service with no hymns. The “singing bowl” is used at different points as an invitation to prayer and contemplation.
Thursday A special Eucharist dedicated to the theme of healing and wholeness in Christ is celebrated in the Chapel of the Incarnation on Thursday evenings at 6:45 p.m. The service is adapted from the Church of England, and is printed out in booklet form. The scripture readings are taken from the weekday lectionary (a pattern for reading the Bible throughout the Christian Year) or may reflect a Saint’s Day. The focus of the brief sermon is always on some aspect of healing and wholeness in Christ. In the Prayers we offer aloud all of the names on our Parish Prayer List. The Prayer Request Book is placed symbolically at the foot of the Altar. The Sacrament of Anointing is made available as an outward and visible sign of God’s healing and helping grace. A Cross is sketched on the forehead of the worshipper by the Priest, and a hand is laid on their shoulder. The “singing bowl” is used to foster a peaceful, prayerful atmosphere. Like the Wednesday Eucharist, this is a small quiet service with no hymns.
The Wednesday and Thursday Eucharists are not celebrated in July and August, nor between Christmas and New Year’s. The Ash Wednesday service is celebrated in the main Church and includes hymns and a sermon, as well as the Imposition of Ashes. Evensong services are offered occasionally, at different points in the year: check with the Church Office for dates and times.