Services at St Paul’s
- 7:00am Holy Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer)
- 8:00am Holy Eucharist – Said (A Prayer Book for Australia)
- 10:00am Holy Eucharist – Sung (A Prayer Book for Australia)
- 5:00pm Choral Evensong – the third Sunday of the month, February to November
Services at St David’s
- 9:00am – Holy Eucharist
- 5:00pm – Sunday Spirit (except the third Sunday of the month when Choral Evensong is sung at St Paul’s)
What our services are like
We are a liturgical community, and the way we worship is of great importance to us. We value the Anglican heritage of liturgical seasons, reverence and beauty in holiness. The gathering of the community on Sundays is to ‘lift up our hearts’, taking us beyond the here and now world of popular culture and consumerism and inviting us to enter into the timelessness of worship. This does not mean that our worship is some sort of museum piece. We use the insights of contemporary creativity (music, hymns and artistic expression) in our worship as well as celebrating the rich heritage of Christian worship which has endured for centuries upon centuries. Some of the prayers and chants used are traced back to the earliest centuries of the Church. Above all, the liturgy is an invitation to us all to open our spirits to the sacred and to join with the heavenly worship of the saints and angels.
What to expect
When you attend one of our services you will receive a printed order of service to follow. This contains the hymns, readings and prayers that we use during the service as well as instructions for when to stand, sit or kneel.
All of our services, except the 7am service, include hymn singing led by the organ. At the 10am more elements of the service are sung, led by the choir, or chanted by the presiding priest.
Our Sunday morning services are all celebrations of the Eucharist, also known as the Mass or Holy Communion. We keep the command of Jesus to break bread and share the cup to remember him and to experience his living presence among us. If you have not been baptised or have not become a communicant member of a Christian church you are welcome to come forward at the time of Holy Communion to receive a blessing from the priest instead of the bread and wine. (You may also wish to discuss with the clergy your own circumstances so that you may be admitted to receive Holy Communion either by Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into the Anglican Church.)
Our clergy wear vestments during the liturgy. These are in effect symbolic uniforms that indicate the office that is being exercised and role that is being performed in a service. The colour of vestments and other decorations in the church reflects the liturgical season. The liturgical seasons help us mark the major aspects of the life of Christ and faith throughout a calendar year. The main seasons are Advent (preparing for Christmas – purple); Christmas (white); Epiphany (green); Lent (purple); Easter (white). Some special ‘feast days’ may be red (apostles, martyrs and the Holy Spirit) or white (feasts of our Lord and certain saints).
The major elements of our services are:
- Gathering in God’s Name
- Seeking God’s Forgiveness
- The Ministry of the Word : hearing readings from the Bible and an address (sermon) to explain them
- The Prayers of the Community : we pray for the world and the Church
- The Liturgy of the Eucharist: we share in the sacrament of Holy Communion
- The Sending Out: we are blessed and sent out into the world to ‘love and serve the Lord’.
If there is anything about the service that you don’t understand or would like to know more about, please speak with the clergy or other parishioners who will gladly be of assistance.
Sunday Evening Services
Sunday evening services are held at 5pm according to this pattern:
- 1st Sunday of month: Sunday Spirit at St David’s Red Hill followed by Community Meal
- 2nd Sunday of month: Sunday Spirit at St David’s Red Hill
- 3rd Sunday of month: Choral Evensong (1662) at St Paul’s Manuka
- 4th Sunday of month: Sunday Spirit at St David’s Red Hill
Our Sunday Evening service Sunday Spirit is a less formal and less structured service.
It includes times of silence and reflection, use of symbols such as candle-lighting, some singing and prayer. People may sit in pews or on cushions on the floor.