Sunday Services at St Paul’s Manuka
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Services are occasionally uploaded to our YouTube channel which can be accessed by clicking here.
Due to COVID restrictions it is necessary to pre-register to attend services. Registrations open one week in advance and can be made by using the following links:
Sunday Services at St David’s Red Hill
- St David’s Red Hill 9.30am Holy Eucharist – booking not required for St David’s congregation members; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
About our Services
We are a liturgical community in the ‘High Church’ tradition of Anglicanism. We value the Anglican heritage of liturgical seasons, reverence and beauty in holiness. The gathering of the community on Sundays ‘lifts 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. Valuing tradition does not mean our worship is just some sort of museum piece. While Some of the prayers and chants used are traced back to the earliest centuries of the Church, we also value the insights of contemporary creativity (music, hymns and artistic expression) in our worship – ours is very much a living tradition. 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
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’.
When you attend one of our services you will receive a printed order of service to follow. This contains the readings and prayers that we use during the service as well as instructions for when to stand, sit or kneel.
On Sunday morning we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Mass or Holy Communion. We keep the command of Jesus to break bread and drink wine to remember him and to experience his living presence among and within us.
Due to the pandemic, some of our liturgical practices have been modified. We presently do not have acolytes (torchbearers) in our processions and have reduced the number of ministers involved in the liturgical ceremonies. We also do not have congregational singing at our Eucharists in order to maximise attendance. The choir, instead, lead all the liturgical hymns and other sacred music in the liturgy. We do have congregational hymn singing at Evensong where the attendance limit is capped lower. At present the communion wine is not administered to the congregation.
Despite these adjustments, our liturgy remains expressive of the reverence in worship and liturgical custom.
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).
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.