Worship Schedule during school year
Baptisms are a frequent addition to services at St. David’s, which helps to explain the availability of nurseries at several services. A large volunteer force of loving adults, assisted by responsible teenagers and some paid nursery workers, tend the nurseries. A full breakfast is served most Sundays starting at 8:00 a.m.. The food is prepared by teams of men of the parish.
7:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:00-9:30 a.m., Breakfast in Swanson Hall
9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II (nursery infants – 4’s/PreK)
10:15 a.m., Sunday School
11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II (nursery infants – 4’s/PreK)
1:15 p.m., Mass in Spanish
6:00 p.m., Chapel Mass (informal mass)
A word about worship at Saint David’s
It is in sacred worship that everything begins and ends at St. David’s. There is no ministry without it and there is no substitute for it. We take great, intentional care in planning and designing worship. Parishioners are considered faithful if they are faithful in worship first. It is only when we have feasted on God’s Holy Word and feasted at His table that we are prepared and equipped to serve Him in the world. We take to heart all of our efforts as the Body of Christ, but it is here, in Holy gathering to worship the Lord of the Church, that we spend most of our common energy, “with gladness and singleness of heart.”
Our “churchmanship” or style of worship
The Episcopal Church is at the same time lovingly bound to conducting worship as set forth in The Book of Common Prayer and as varied as our locations throughout the world. Within the range of “high church” – meaning a more Roman Catholic feel to the liturgy, to “low church,” a more Protestant feel to the expression of worship – Saint David’s is about in the middle. We would call it “broad church.” We try to live into the fullness of our rich worship traditions without ever going to extremes. Our responsibility is to provide God’s people with the best opportunity for a Divine encounter in Holy Worship – remembering that we gather to celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the reality of the Holy Spirit in the world.
Preaching at St. David’s
We take good preaching seriously at St. David’s. We consider preaching near sacramental in its importance and its potential to communicate God’s grace to a world in need. Our preaching is always based on the lessons appointed for the day, with an emphasis on practical applications for post-modern persons. We believe we are called to preach from the depths of God’s Word, the Good News of God in Christ. Parishioners should expect to hear just that – The Good News. This is not to say that we will avoid hard lessons – appropriately preached – but we will always seek to find for one another the saving word in support of the saving work of Jesus Christ, Lord of the Church. The Rector is the principal preacher, but assisting clerics share in the preaching.
Our 7:45 a.m. service is normally a Rite I liturgy with music and sermon. While a complete liturgy, it does not offer a choir or the richness of the 11:15 Mass.
Our 9:00 a.m. service is designed to be a service that invites children to participate fully and at the same time feed adults. Generally speaking, if a child can manage kindergarten, this is an appropriate service for them. We try to offer a little something for every taste in terms of music. Our children’s choirs always serve this worship time. The children are invited to stand at the altar during the Eucharist, participating in this Holy moment in an intimate fashion. We recognize children’s birthdays and baptismal anniversaries regularly. Some churches remove the children to a separate space for “children’s chapel”. We have studied this practice carefully and decided that we come most close to the intention of the Church and the style of this parish when we keep families together in Holy Worship. Children learn how to share the worship experience with others. Parents, on the other hand, are able to share in their children’s worship and learning experience and at the same time also be fed by a message designed to help them through the challenges of life.
Our 11:15 service is a Rite II liturgy designed to embrace the fullness of the Episcopal tradition. This service features an emphasis on the preaching within the liturgy, and the Adult Choir every Sunday, and special music from time to time. Several times a year we offer a preaching series in this service.
This is a much more adult service and although they vary from week to week, this service is generally marked by more formality, more silence, more music and liturgical richness. This service is less appropriate for small children. Families are urged to take advantage of a highly experienced and loving nursery staff.
1:15 p.m. – Mass in Spanish: This is the ministry that is central to our outreach to the Spanish speaking community. It is a traditional Episcopal liturgy preached and celebrated in Spanish. From time to time the sermon is preached in English and translated live.
6:00 p.m. – Chapel Mass: small, informal mass on Sunday evenings.