• Let everything that has breath praise the Lord

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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 sings enriching 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

The quiet service is held at 8:00 AM (Sept – May) in the side chapel of the main sanctuary. A simple, intimate service without music, the Quiet Service follows of the Book of Common Prayer. Although there is no music, all other elements of the traditional Eucharist are present, including readings from scripture, a sermon reflecting on the scripture, Prayers of the People, and the sharing of Holy Communion. During the consecration and sharing of Communion, we often gather around the altar for Holy Communion, as a sign that all person are ministers at the altar of the Lord.

There are opportunities for lay people to lead at this service by reading the first lesson and leading the psalm, as well as by leading the Prayers of the People. If you’re interested in leading, just come and volunteer. Your leadership is welcome.

9:15 am, Family Worship Service with Communion

Calvary’s family service is held in Hannaford Hall at 9:15 AM, which is just to the right of the Choir Room and the main entrance. The 9:15 Service is welcome to all but is tailored to especially for family with children. The 9:15 Service is designed to give children the chance for children to learn about God by participating and leading the service in a creative and non-threatening environment. Children participate by ringing the gong and lighting the gong to start and end the service, and by gathering around the low altar to be co-ministers with the priest at the Table of the Lord. Both Children and adults read the lesson, Pslam, and Prayers of the People.

Sally Engelbert, Family and Children Ministries Coordinator leads the congregation in singing contemporary praise music as well as some traditional hymns, with guitar and other music. The children lead music by playing instruments during communion.

11.00 am, Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music

The 11:00 Service, follows Holy Eucharist Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer. The service is accompanied by the Calvary Choir and the ringing of bells. The service features reading from Holy Scriptures, the chanting of the Psalm, a sermon based on the scriptures, and the celebration of Holy Communion. Organist and Choirmaster Howard Helvey directs the musical offering at this service, with the parish choir singing at services between September and May. Hymns for this service are taken from the Hymnal 1982 and from Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Lay people lead during this service by reading the lessons, singing in the choir, leading prayers of the people, serving as Eucharistic Ministers. Both Youth and adults serve as Acolytes.

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