At Atonement, our Christian worship is formed by The Book of Common Prayer. Worshipping God, the source of love, beauty and holiness means that we strive for beautiful, inspiring services that are also warm and welcoming. The Episcopal/Anglican church is seen as a “bridge” between Roman Catholic, Eastern and Protestant traditions. Our most common service is the Holy Eucharist, which includes hymns, readings from the Bible, a sermon, prayers and Holy Communion. Each service is crafted for the church season and the needs of the larger community. Members of the congregation assist in leading worship. They serve as Ushers, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Choir Members, and on the Altar Guild. Young people serve as Acolytes every Sunday – and serve as readers, ushers and musicians on Family Sundays.
Church School children (pre-K – 6th) and Confirmation teens (7th -9th) begin with in the church at 9:55 a.m., and leave with their teachers for their classes after the opening hymn and prayer. There is a Playroom/Nursery for infants and toddlers every Sunday at 9:45 a.m., although children are ALWAYS welcome in church, as well. (A “Soft Spot” is available at the back of the church with rug, rocking chair, pillows, toys & books. ) Everyone comes together at about 10:45 a.m. to receive Communion. We invite you to worship with us!
Special Services Coming Up:
Our regular Sunday service schedule runs from September through June:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Looking for a quiet service to start the day? Our early morning worship in the Chapel includes readings from the Bible, thoughtful and practical preaching, prayers and Holy Communion. Our 8:00 a.m. congregation is small, yet warm and welcoming (about 45 minutes).
9:55 a.m. Prelude
Just prior to the 10:00 am service, we provide a musical prelude that provides time and sacred space for quiet reflection and prayer in the midst of our busy lives, and prepares our hearts and minds for the renewing of the Spirit within us. At 9:55 am we ring the church bell to begin the prelude. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity for a few minutes of rest in God’s peace before the opening hymn.
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
The 10:00 a.m. service is a festive one, enriched by our Senior Choir and Soloists under the direction of our Music Director, Dr. Brian Schober. Like our 8:00 a.m. service, this service includes readings from the Bible, preaching, prayers and Communion (about 1 hour, 10 minutes).
Infants, children and teens are always welcome in church (a Children’s activity bag is available from the usher). Nevertheless, there is a Playroom/Nursery for infants and toddlers, a monthly Toddler Program for age 2-4, Church School for children K - 6th grade, and Confirmation class for 7-9th grade. There is also “Soft Spot” for young families at the back of the church.
Church School and Confirmation Class young people gather in the church at 9:55 a.m., either sitting with family, or with teachers in the front pew – you decide. They leave after the opening hymn and prayers; teachers escort them to their programs. If you’re running late, that’s OK! Ask the usher where each of the groups meet. (Church School in Fellowship Hall; Confirmation Class in the Reception Room)
Family Services - About once every six weeks people of all ages worship together using an easy-to-follow service bulletin. Young people take an active part in this service and there is a children’s sermon that involves the entire congregation. Sometimes the Youth Ensemble sings at this service, in addition to the Senior Choir.
Sunday 6:00 p.m. Taize Prayers (NOTE CHANGE of time from 7 to 6 p.m.)
Looking for a more meditative form of worship? Look no further! Our Taizé service is a candlelight service of simple songs, scripture, prayer and silence held in our Ecumenical Chapel. It is designed to encourage people of different Christian backgrounds, or none at all, to worship together. The service is accompanied by piano and flute music, and voice. Our Taizé service is described by one of our members as “the most peaceful 45 minutes in my busy life.” NEXT TAIZE SERVICE: MAY 6
In the summer from late June through Labor Day weekend, we hold one service of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am in the air-conditioned Chapel.