What to expect when you worship God at St. Paul's
Of course, we hope you experience the grace and power of God's love and forgiveness! Here's how this might happen:
Sunday mornings --
Our larger service is at 10:00. The service (we call it "Mass" -- but calling it Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion is fine, too) runs between an hour and an hour-and-a half. We are a "liturgical" church, which means the structure of the Mass is the same from Sunday to Sunday. However, the scripture (Bible) readings change every week, as do the hymns (which are accompanied by our pipe organ or piano), the anthem our choir sings, and the sermon. All are welcome to receive Holy Communion, which we believe is the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The 8:00 Mass is the smaller of the two. It runs between 45 minutes and an hour. The scripture readings and sermon are the same as at the 10:00 Mass, but we generally sing only one hymn (unaccompanied). This service we call "Rite One",which means that the language of the liturgy is closer to "Elizabethan English" -- thees and thys and the like. The 10:00 Mass we call "Rite Two", which uses modern English. Both liturgies come from The Book of Common Prayer, which is what the Anglican (and later American Episcopal) Church has used in one form or another since 1549.
There isn't a dress code -- some people dress up, others are quite casual: it makes no difference to us (just as long as you're dressed!).
Wednesday noon --
Actually, we begin at 12:10, and this Mass runs between 30 and 40 minutes -- perfect for people who keep a lunch hour. We use the Rite Two service, with a short sermon and, of course, Holy Communion. We hold this Mass in what we call our "Lady Chapel", just off to the left of our main sanctuary space.
Tuesday morning --
This is a less-structured Mass, celebrated in our parish hall while we're open for our every-Tuesday free community lunch. We begin around 11:00 with anywhere from a couple to a dozen people (attending Mass IS NOT required in order to eat). We read the Gospel story for the upcoming Sunday and discuss it (sometimes Fr. Dan gets his Sunday sermon ideas from this conversation). Fr. Dan prays for each person and anoints them with blessed oil, and then we share Holy Communion. This service runs between 20 and 30 minutes, and the public (beyond lunch guests) is welcome.
Holy Days --
We celebrate the Major Feasts kept on the Episcopal Church calendar with Mass at 8:00 AM. These services are similar to our Wednesday services. Like us on Facebook to receive event invitations and updates.
Parking and Accessibility --
We offer free parking in our main lot behind (on the east side) of the church and in our smaller lot on the south side of the building. On-street parking is free on Sundays, but metered during the week. St. Paul's is a block and a half from the MTA bus station, so we're easily accessible by public transport. Our big front doors on Saginaw Street are open to you Sundays and Wednesdays. Our rear and south side doors are open Sundays, and the south side door is open Tuesday and Wednesday.