Worship

church webOur worship life is vibrant and inclusive. We are seated in a circle to remind us that we are the community of God—and that God dwells in the midst of our gathering. We use a full-word leaflet to ensure that everyone may fully participate in the worship services. Our Sunday Holy Eucharist follows the Book of Common Prayer Rite 2 service with the inclusion of additional Episcopal resources, such as Enriching Our Worship I and II. The COHS worship incorporates monthly Taize services, Morning and Evening Prayer, Eucharistic Visitors, the commissioning of parish and community ministries, Blessing of the Animals, healing services, instructed Eucharists, outdoor services, ecumenical services and Evensongs. During the Summer and Fall, we hold monthly outdoor “journey” Eucharist services on Sunday afternoons. Our many ministers of the liturgy represent a diverse cross-section of the congregation, including many young people.

We appreciate the fullness and flexibility of Episcopal worship that allows us to join together in spirit, voice and body to worship the incarnate God of creation, redemption and resurrection.

We seek and welcome guests to our worship services. With rare exceptions, our Sunday services include Holy Communion. We hope to welcome you to one of our Sunday services, or a monthly Taizé service of meditative music and prayers; outdoor services in the Spring and Summer; or various Evening Prayer and Evensong services.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Episcopal Church believe?

In  the  Episcopal  Church,  we  believe  the things  that  are  common  to  all  Christians. We believe in the Trinity (God the Creator, Jesus Christ the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit who sustains us) and in the truths of the Christian faith found in the Apostles’ Creed. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God.

Our approach is to use the stories and lessons in the Scriptures as the foundation for our spiritual journey. Church of the Holy Spirit encourages real questions from real people,  and  commits  to  help  us  find  the answers that are right for us in a Christian context.  As such, we make room for differences in opinion and interpretation, while encouraging all to join around the table to celebrate Holy Communion.

What is going to Church of the Holy Spirit (COHS) like?

Going to church is a celebration. At COHS, we gather to worship God, pray for the world, strengthen our Christian community and reach out to others. There is a place for everyone in our worship—especially you. There are many opportunities for worship, meaningful ministries, fun and fellowship.

What should I wear?

There is a simple answer—wear whatever is comfortable for you. God is interested in who you are, not what you wear. So come as you are!

What about activities for children and youth?

Children are welcomed at all of our worship services. As a convenience to parents, we offer professionally-staffed nursery care for infants  and  toddlers. Our excellent and innovative Sunday School program includes outreach activities, retreats, special events and a pilgrimage for teens. Children and teens are full participants in our worship. Many sing in one of several choirs, play handbells, or play a musical instrument in our ensemble, Fuma Sacra (“Holy Smoke”). Young people also serve as greeters, ushers, acolytes, and lectors. We have a vibrant youth group that meets at least once each month.

 

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