Join Us for Worship & Eucharist

Sunday Mornings at 8:30 am

56 Center Street Bangor, Maine


What to Expect

Our community loves to gather on Sundays to encounter God's love and to share it with others. It's our desire that you feel comfortable and welcome so you can experience the love of Jesus, whether you are actively looking for a family to join or just visiting. 

As an Anglican Church, we have a pattern we follow each week for our worship called a liturgy. It makes for a rich experience, and we make it easy to get the hang of (most of us haven't been doing this for that long.) On Sunday mornings, there are really three “movements,” if you will, to our worship celebration:  Praise, Word, and Sacrament.

Praise

Sunday celebration is a blend of ancient and modern music.  After an opening hymn with traditional piper organ, and prayer, we spend some time singing songs led by our music team, consisting of guitars, keyboard, bass, mandolin and percussion. You might see some people raising their hands or clapping as they are worshiping, and you might also see people bowing, kneeling, and making the sign of the cross. These are all ways people involve their body in worship as they express love to God. 

 

 

Word

Worship continues as we turn our attention to hearing the words of the Bible.  Every Sunday we hear passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Gospel (which means “good news”), paying particular attention to the words of Jesus in the gospel reading. Our clergy or a laypastor will lead us as we look at the Bible together, allowing God to speak to our minds and hearts in ways which are always relevant.

Most messages are posted online here

 

Sacrament

Every Sunday, the summit of our worship together is Holy Eucharist, or Communion. The word “Eucharist” is a greek word which means “thanksgiving.”  At the Eucharist we celebrate, or give thanks for, God’s ultimate gift of love in the sending of Jesus to free us from slavery to sin and death. God, in Jesus Christ, reconciled us to himself through his cross and resurrection.

In Communion - a Holy Mystery - we respond as we remember His reconciling work and the call of Jesus to love, follow, and unite ourselves to him by receiving him in the form of bread and wine. In this simple yet profound act, Jesus comes to us and strengthens all baptized Christians to live a life full of grace and truth.

During communion, we have a team of trained prayer ministers that are happy to pray for any need you might have.

 

When You Arrive

Parking

Parking for visitors is located on Center St. in front of the church. For those with disabilities, we encourage you to park in the small lot to the left of the church. Disregard any cones - they are reserving a spot for you! All other parking in at the rear of the church off Spring St. (to the right of the church.) Enter through the side door or the front of the church facing Center St. 

Greeters

We have a team of greeters to welcome and help you. They'll help you find the restrooms or (more importantly,) the coffee, answer any questions you might have, or help you bring your children to the Atrium or nursery. 

Children's Check-in

We've got a lot of kids in our church and we take their security very seriously. When you arrive, you'll see a booth where a member of the children's team will check in your infant or child with you. You can then bring your infant to the nursery or your children to the Atrium for Catechesis. Children in the Atrium will be escorted back you in the sanctuary after the sermon and before Communion.

We look forward to meeting you and celebrating together!

 

Further Reading: A “Three Streams” Church

Because we value and are a part of historical global Christianity we are shaped by and reflect the “three streams” of Christian expression (Evangelical, Catholic, Charismatic) that have characterized the Anglican tradition for hundreds of years.  We are submitted to the authority of the Scriptures, committed to the richness of ancient worship and, and dependent on the power and work of the Holy Spirit who lives in and among us. Check out these articles to learn more:

Three Streams, One River

The Three Critical Streams