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.
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. Everyone comes together at about 10:45 a.m. to receive Communion. We invite you to worship with us!
Special Services Coming Up:
Episcopal Visitation and Mother’s Day Family Sunday - May 14
The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith will make his triennial visit to the parish on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 14. Special music will feature our Soloists singing W.A. Mozart’s “Benedictus” as the Prelude, Youth Ensemble leading the congregation in Bernadette Farrell’s “Gospel Alleluia for Easter,” the Choir and Soloists singing Geron Davis’ “God is Still on His Throne”, and baritone John Hancock singing “The Call” from “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Trumpeter Michael Carolan will play throughout the service. All under the direction of Atonement’s Music Director, Dr. Brian Schober and our Children’s Education and Music Director, Kristen Kasarjian.
9:00 am The Bishop teaches a forum in the Chapel
9:50 Special Prelude: W.A. Mozart’s “Benedictus”
10:05 Opening Procession for the Festive Family Eucharist (no Church School – everyone’s in church!)
11:25 Dedication of the Church and Steeple
11:40 Festive Reception in the Auditorium
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.
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 7:00 p.m. Taize Prayers
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.” June 4
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.