PARISH COMMUNION is our main act of worship, celebrated each Sunday in two or three churches within the team, with 4 or 5 hymns and a sermon. The language is modern, though many of the prayers are centuries old in origin. Some hymns we sing are modern, though most are traditional. The booklets we use for each season of the year (gold for Christmas and Easter, purple for Advent and Lent, green or pale blue for Trinity) allow some variety in the emphasis and wording of our worship.
After the opening prayers, we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness, and then give glory to God in the words of the angels at Bethlehem: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. We hear three readings from Old and New Testaments before declaring our faith: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. Prayers for the world, our community and those in need may be offered by members of the congregation. There is then a break in solemnity when we share the peace with each other, before moving to the central act of worship, the Eucharistic prayer and the gift of Christ’s presence in bread and wine. Those who do not wish to receive communion are welcome at the altar for a blessing. After thanksgiving, the blessing and a final hymn, we are sent out with the words: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord to which we respond: In the name of Christ. Amen.