on Worship by Arlene Long, All Saints' Music Director
From the very beginning of Judeo-Christian
history, from the Tent of Meeting to Solomon's Temple and the great churches
of Europe and the Americas, the people of God have been called to make
space set apart for the Divine-human encounter. Such a place is All Saints'
Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Our worship is both traditionally
Episcopal and open to new forms of expression. The worship bulletin will
guide you to the appropriate pages in the Book of Common Prayer (the black
book found in the pew racks) and the Hymnal (the hardcover blue book).
Hymn numbers preceded by the letter 'S' refer to Service Music, in the
first third of the Hymnal. Hymns are found in the back two-thirds of the
book. The service bulletin will guide you through music that is not part
of the Hymnal.
As you will readily see, our
services involve the body. Generally speaking, those who are able kneel
to pray, stand to sing, and sit to receive instruction, although posture
in worship is according to individual preference. Many Episcopalians make
the sign of the cross, bow when the cross passes in procession, or observe
other reverences, but they are not required of anyone. If, at any time,
you would like to add these to your worship practice, please do so.
All who seek God through the
Person of Jesus Christ are welcome to receive communion. Should you wish
to come forward but not receive communion, please cross your arms over
your chest and the priest will give you a blessing.
During our Sunday
services the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is celebrated. Also, a Contemplative service is held
in the Oratory of the Good Shepherd for special events or observances. You are always
welcome at these services.