"The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our life, at the house of the Lord." ~ Isaiah 38:20
Worship, as has been well said, is a verb. It doesn’t just describe watching the clergy and choir performing a liturgical act. It calls each of us to participate in that liturgy by praying and praising, listening and singing, reflecting and receiving the God’s gift of Himself in Holy Communion. The service isn’t just what’s done before the Lord in church: it’s also how we live when we leave His house and carry His Good News into the world.
If you’ve never attended an Anglican worship service, we invite you to "XPerience" Christchurch. For those unused to a liturgical tradition, some of the elements of our worship may seem strange at first, but give it a chance. In time these ancient ceremonies, inherited from those who in their time endured persecution and death, will become wonderfully meaningful and necessary. By retaining many of these early Church traditions, kept alive by believers for the sake of those who would come after them, we believe our worship helps us remember who we have always been.
Yet it’s surprisingly relevant. In our worship we connect with God in a way that is both historically faithful and fresh for today, with both traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs. After all, it’s not just about tradition but about finding the way that leads to new life in a living relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s our expectation at Christchurch.
Day and Time
Our worship on Sundays, in the ancient service of the Eucharist, begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. The worship service lasts until 10:45 a.m. and includes a sermon and Holy Communion for everyone. Childcare is available for toddlers and infants and Children’s Church for the little ones.
Christchurch members dress in every attire, suits and ties as well as golf shirts and blue jeans. All are welcome in God’s house. When we speak of our “Sunday best,” we mean not clothing but our hearts, our attitude of worship and intention to draw near to the Lord who calls us.
The Eucharist, as it was for the early Christians, is the central act of worship at Christchurch. All baptized believers, including visitors and children of any denomination, are invited to join in the sacrament of the Eucharist or Holy Communion. In receiving the consecrated Bread and Wine, we know we share in the gift of Christ Jesus Himself the sacrifice of His Body and Blood.
At Christchurch, we receive communion by coming forward and kneeling at the altar rail. Our ushers will assist everyone with directions. In Anglican churches, this sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is administered in both kinds, with recipients taking both the bread and cup. Children are especially encouraged to participate in this sacrament.
Following Holy Communion, we return to our seats for a time of prayer, worship and reflection as contemporary praise songs are sung. Our Healing Prayer teams are also available during this time to pray with anyone who comes forward for personal needs.