Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Worship is the heart of our faith and the foundation of our community. It is beautiful, stately, inspiring, and festive, and welcomes the participation of all persons.
As a liturgical and sacramental church, we celebrate the sacrament of baptism, and we baptize infants as well as adults. We also gather around the table each Sunday with bread and wine, to celebrate Christ’s risen presence among us.
Music is a vital part of our church and community life. Our music program, both on Sundays and at special events, is outstanding and inspiring. Our organist and music director Howard Helvey is both an excellent musician and an accomplished composer. The parish choir enriches the worship environment with the gift of voice.
We encourage the involvement of both lay and ordained persons in our worship services, believing that the ministry of all the baptized is vital to the church.
Our worship follows the Book of Common Prayer. This book also reflects our Episcopal ethos and theology. So if you want to know what we believe, come worship with us!
8:00 am, Holy Eucharist Rite II
An intimate service without music, this service follows closely contemporary Holy Eucharist, Rite II of the Book of Common Prayer. Although there is no music, all other elements of the traditional Eucharist is present, including all Scripture readings, a sermon, Prayers of the People, and Holy Communion. When all persons are able to use the steps, the congregation often gathers around the altar for Holy Communion, as a sign that all persons are ministers at the Altar of the Lord.
9:30 am, Family Worship Service with Communion
This service is a child-friendly brief, forty-minute service welcome to all persons but tailored especially for families with children. The service is designed to give children the opportunity to learn about God and his Word through participatory worship, music, drama, and stories, presented in a creative and non-threatening environment. Children participate by playing rhythm instruments, ringing the gong and lighting the candle to begin and end the service, and often by gathering around the low altar to be co-ministers with the priest at the Table of the Lord. Others, both children and adults, read the lesson, psalm, and Prayers of the People. Sally Englebert, Family and Children’s Ministries coordinator, leads the singing of contemporary praise music as well as some traditional hymns, with guitar, sometimes accompanied by other instruments.
10:30 am, Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
This is the principal service at Calvary, with music and chanting, bells and whistles. As such, the service encompasses all the dignity, majesty, and stateliness of Episcopal worship, and all the solemnity and sacredness and awe and mystery of the Holy Communion. Participants include not only the presiding priest and any assisting clergy, but also lay readers, intercessors, chalice bearers, and acolytes.
Organist and choirmaster Howard Helvey directs the music portion of this service, with the parish choir singing at services between September and May. During the summer, music is played by organ for hymns, with preludes and postludes often played by piano and other instruments. Hymns are taken from the Hymnal 1982 and from Lift Every Voice and Sing.
Child care is available during this service, until the Peace, when children are brought back into the church for the Holy Communion.