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Worship

Worship is central to our life as a Christian community.  We are called by Jesus to praise God, to hear God's word, and to share food with each other.  Our central celebration is Holy Communion, which we gather for on Sundays at 11:00 am and Wednesdays at 10:15am. Both celebrations are followed by coffee/tea and time with friends (old and new).  We would love to have you join with us at either - or both - of these times together.


If you would like to see the Bible Readings for our Sunday worship, please go to the following web sites:

 
http://www. lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu
 
If you would like to see the daily readings please go to:
 
http://www.lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/daily.php?year=A
 

 

Wednesday Eucharist with Discussion, St. Andrew’s Anglican, Wellington

 

For decades at St. Andrew’s in Wellington, there has been a mid-week Eucharist, normally presided over by the incumbent. In addition to being unusual in its timing (10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays), what sets this St. Andrew’s Anglican service apart is that, in lieu of a sermon, the “floor” is thrown open following the scripture readings. Having just finished sharing in the reading aloud of those same texts, each participant is invited to share his or her responses to and reflections upon the readings.

Uniquely, in this Eucharistic celebration, the consideration of scripture, the “chewing on the Word”, is undertaken by all present, rather than just by the preacher.  Unlike many Bible studies, there is no teaching or set programme (although questions about historical, biblical or liturgical context are aired), but rather discussion begins with an open-ended question inviting congregants to speak personally. Also, unlike a Bible study, the discussion takes place in the context of a worship service, and so taking communion and carefully considering the scripture take place concurrently; worship and reflection are joined, and each person shares what they discover. 

 

Instead of being passive, the congregation becomes the vehicle of transformation of the scriptural text, from page, to heart and mind, to the ears of the others present.

 

Text and photos, Marjorie Seguin.