All Saints Episcopal Church

A reflection 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.