The Table at the Center

Every Christian worship service, in every tradition, has a liturgy - an order for participation by the worshippers who are present. But the liturgy is different from one local church to the next. Even a service that consists of "Welcome / Songs / Prayer / Offering / Sermon / Dismissal" has a liturgy. 

Anglican worship comes from a long tradition begun in the earliest liturgies of Christian gatherings that have endured through the centuries. These practices were adopted from the Jewish synagogues, the Hebrew Temple, and the stories and teachings of the New Testament (especially the book of Revelation). And for the vast majority of Christian history, the Communion table has kept Jesus at the center of our worship and his presence at the forefront of our hearts and minds. With the bread and the wine, we tell the story of the Kingdom of God the way Jesus told it. Around the table. 

Our worship is highly focused on togetherness, not the individual. On participation, not observation.  So it can feel strange, especially to late modern people swimming in our individualism and consumerism who often find themselves as spectators at church. But, in a sense, this strangeness is the point. Christians live by a different story than the one any contemporary culture is telling. That's why our worship is set apart to tell the one true story of the world - the Gospel - every Sunday as the bread is broken and the wine poured.

Annually, we celebrate with a “guided” instructional liturgy. You can read it below.