When the Advocate was launched in 2003, and for the eleven years that followed, our principal liturgy was held at 5 PM. This was an outward and visible sign of our commitment to be a church for those who might not otherwise be drawn to a more established way of being church, or who, because of work schedules could not worship on Sunday mornings. Among other things, what many of those who had been regular church-goers soon discovered, was a Sunday morning sabbath, a time of leisure and of rest.
We worshipped at 5 PM for 11 years, adding a morning option in 2009.
When we moved into our own building in Spring 2014, we determined to have one liturgy on Sundays for our “opening season”. That liturgy was at 10:30 AM.
We soon we added a 5 PM Contemplative Eucharist.
In the summer of 2015 we returned on a single Eucharistic liturgy at 5 PM, with morning prayer and Bible study at 8:30 AM.
In the summer of 2016, we held a morning Eucharist at 8:30 AM and an evening Eucharist at 5 PM, followed by dinner.
Returning to our 5 PM Eucharist and dinner for the summer allowed us to experience a kind of “summer Sabbath”. It allowed folks to visit us from other churches, to come to church after a weekend away, to try something different. It also helped us to live into our calling to keep our liturgy fresh.
As we approach Summer 2017, we will return to a single Eucharistic liturgy each Sunday at 5 PM, July and August and the first Sunday of September. A single Eucharistic liturgy simply makes sense for a church our size, with people and clergy taking holidays and/or simply moving into summer spirit. Holding that liturgy at 5 PM stirs the hearts of many and allows for a seasonal hospitality that is engaging. It is also a part of our “liturgical DNA”.
Come join us!