"O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness..."- Psalm 96:1
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Our Belief About Worship
At St. Martin's, worship is our main focus and reason for coming together. The atmosphere of our worship is best described as a "joyful seriousness." We are a welcoming church, meaning we welcome all people, families, children, and animal companions to share in our worship of the Lord.
Through all of our worship experiences, our objective is to be drawn more closely together within the Body of Christ and to be more clearly defined as God's Holy People in order to better serve the world. Our worship occurs within holy space and brings us into mystical contact with the Divine. We respond with awe at the great mysteries in which, by God's Grace, we are privileged to participate, to the Glory of His Name.
The Book of Common Prayer
As Episcopalians, our worship is guided by The Book of Common Prayer. While ceremonial styles at each church may differ, we are united with other Episcopalians through a common rhythm of worship and prayer life. At St. Martin's we use Rite II of the prayer book with contemporary language. Our style of worship is influenced by the Oxford Movement, a 19th century movement in the Anglican tradition that embraces our Catholic heritage and traditions.
Our Seasons of Worship
Just as life goes through seasons and cycles, our worship follows the cycle of the church year, celebrating the major holidays and recognizing the miracles of each season. At Christmas, we celebrate God coming to us as one of us in Jesus. At Easter, we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead, that moment that transformed humanity's relationship with God forever. In between these main feasts, we celebrate the transforming ministry of Jesus and how that transforms our lives in the present.
In addition to weekly Sunday worship, St. Martin's holds a number of special services throughout the year, including an early children's Christmas Eve service, a candlelight Christmas Eve midnight Mass, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week Services, The Great Vigil of Easter, Easter Morning Children's Service, Blessing of the Animals, and All Saints/All Souls Day.