Our Place of Worship
As you enter, you will notice an atmosphere of worship and reverence. Upon entry into the Nave, your eye is carried to the altar, or holy table, and to the cross. So our thoughts are taken at once to Christ and to God whose house the church is.
On and near the altar are candles to remind us that Christ is the "Light of the world'' (John 8:12). There are flowers, to beautify God's house and to recall the resurrection of Jesus.
On one side at the front of the church, there is a lectern, or stand, for the proclamation of the Word; here the Scriptures are read. On the opposite side of the church is the pulpit, where the sermon is preached.
The Act of Worship - Our Service
Anglican Church services are congregational. In our pews you will find the Book of Common Prayer. This enables the congregation to share fully in every service. For every service, a bulletin is provided at the beginning of the service which provides the congregation with the specific prayers and readings for the day.
You may wonder when to stand or kneel. The general rule is to stand to sing hymns, canticles or chants. We stand, too, to say our affirmation of faith, the Creed; and for the reading of the Gospel in the Holy Eucharist. Psalms are sung or said sitting or standing. We sit during readings from the Old Testament or New Testament Letters, the sermon, and the choir anthems. We stand or kneel for prayer to show our gratefulness to God for accepting us as children or as an act of humility before God.
It is the custom upon entering church to kneel in one's pew for a prayer of personal preparation for worship. In many churches it is also the custom to bow to the altar on entering and leaving the church as an act of reverence for Christ. Most Anglicans do not talk in church before a service but use this time for personal meditation and devotions.
You will find the services of STP2 beautiful in their ordered dignity, God-centered, and yet mindful of the nature and needs of human beings.
Babies, Toddlers, Youth
What can you expect for your babies, toddlers and youth at STP2? All are welcome to attend our services at St. Peter & St. Paul including babies, toddlers and our youth - families should worship together. We also provide a nursery during our Sunday and Wednesday night activities for those times when Mom and Dad need a break, but it's completely optional.
The Church Year
The Anglican Church observes the traditional Christian calendar. The season of Advent, during which we prepare for Christmas, begins on the Sunday closest to November 30. Christmas lasts twelve days, after which we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany (January 6).
Lent, the forty days of preparation for Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday. Easter season lasts fifty days, concluding on the feast of Pentecost.
During these times the Bible readings are chosen for their appropriateness to the season. During the rest of the year, the season after Epiphany and the long season after Pentecost (except for a few special Sundays), the New Testament is read sequentially from Sunday to Sunday. The Old Testament lesson corresponds in theme with one of the New Testament readings.
Should you wish to know more about our church, any of our clergy will be more than happy to meet with you. For questions call our church office at 817.496.6747 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.