How do Anglicans worship?
In many ways, Anglican services differ from church to church depending on a local congregation's preferences regarding music, formality, and worship spaces. For example, the worship at some churches seems very Catholic, while other congregations partially resemble a more modern nondenominational service. However, most Anglican churches in the United States share some common worship practices. If you're interested in the history and rationale behind those, you can learn more here.
Our liturgy is "scripture arranged for worship." While much of it looks like prayers people have written just to be repeated for tradition's sake, the truth is that almost everything we read and pray is a biblical passage. Thus, in addition to the typical Scripture readings, sermons, and the more informal, open prayer time we share, this liturgy helps to shape and mold us to be more like Christ. It does so by reminding us that our faith is not based on our feelings, but on what God says about us and His creation, no matter how we feel or what kind of a week we've had prior to coming together.
Can I participate?
Yes, you can read a bible passage, ask for prayer or add one yourself, play a musical instrument, bring coffee, or share in our discussion.
Can I just watch?
What should I wear?
Whatever makes you comfortable!
We honor masks but do not require them if you have been fully vaccinated.
Will there be Holy Communion?
The normative practice for Anglicans is to receive Holy Communion on a weekly basis. At the moment, we receive Communion whenever our Vicar is with us. He is completing a law degree in to advance the ministry of our church to the Rio Grande Valley and, God willing, will return to us full time in May 2022.
When we do not have Holy Communion, we come together for a morning prayer service, which is like a normal Sunday service but without the liturgy of the Lord's Table.
Where do you meet?
We meet Sundays, 10:30am, in the fellowship hall of Mission First United Methodist Church. 1101 Doherty Ave., Mission, TX 78572. We frequently go to lunch as a church family afterwards. Coffee is available.