St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Worship at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayers, and to celebrate the sacraments. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 857)
Worship in the Episcopal Church is what we call “liturgical” worship. It follows set forms and often uses written prayers that have been used by Christians for thousands of years. The word “liturgy” actually means “work.” The praise and prayers we offer as a community are an essential work that we do as Christians.
Worship in the Episcopal Church is both biblical and sacramental. Readings from Holy Scripture and the Word proclaimed in preaching are followed by the Eucharistic sacrament of bread and wine. It is part of St. Patrick’s mission that all people are welcome to participate in worship and join at the altar.
Our worship is both ancient and contemporary. The forms we use are as ancient as Christianity. The prayers and music for our services are from many different centuries, including our own. We know that this mixture of old and new speaks to the souls of many people. We sense that we are worshipping with a community that is both past and present.
On the first Sunday of each month we have a service using traditional Elizabethan English (Rite I). The rest of our worship uses contemporary English (Rite II). Every Wednesday at 11:30 am, we have a healing service with anointing for those who are ill. The Sunday service starts at 10:00 a.m. Beginning in April 2009, we will have a nursery during our Sunday services.
The newest services at St. Patrick’s are called Sunday Night Unplugged. These services use a variety of musical and worship forms – from a Country-Western Evensong to a Service of Lights with contemplative jazz. Sunday Night Unplugged will usually be held on the third Sunday of each month at 5:00 p.m. Please check the schedule posted on the calendar.