From our inception, the Holy Eucharist has always been and remains the heart of our worship, from our mid-week said celebrations of the Holy Communion to the Solemn Choral Eucharists of the great festivals, attendant with traditional music, vestments and incense.
Our current practice is to use Rite I at 8:00AM (when we have two services) and 9:30 a.m. Thursday services. Rite II is used at the 10:30AM Service with music, choir anthems and solos.
Preaching is a crucial part of our worship. We value preaching that is both grounded in Scripture and shaped to the needs and concerns of contemporary life.
Our music rests on the abilities of our professional Organist; a Choir Director, who is a Soprano Soloist; and a volunteer choir comprised of members of the congregation. Through weekly rehearsals, they offer to the rest of the congregation leadership in the singing of psalms, hymns and the music of the liturgy. They also bring to us the gift of specially prepared anthems. In a notable evidence of ecumenical cooperation, our choir joins with the choir of neighboring Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to sing together at one another’s services for the great festivals of the Church Year.
We rejoice in the services of a significant group of women and men who serve as Readers, Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors at virtually all celebrations of the Holy Eucharist. We are equally blessed with a number of very dedicated women who form Annunciation’s Altar Guild that prepare the Altar for worship
Admission to communion is given by the Sacrament of Baptism.
We welcome all that are baptized to our take part in communion with us. Come forward at the time of communion, kneel or stand at the rail, place one hand, palm up, inside the other to receive the host, then assist the Chalice Bearer in guiding the Chalice to your lips to receive the sip of wine. If you would like to receive the bread but not the cup, cross your arms over your chest. If you chose not to receive communion, cross your arms over your chest and you will receive a blessing. We have gluten-free wafers available, please raise your pointer finger if you wish to receive one.
The normal method of Intinction to be used in this Diocese is by the communicant retaining the host until the Chalice Bearer dips it in the Chalice and places it on the communicant’s tongue. We also have an Intinction Paten available.
Children are welcome at all of our services!