“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 96:9
At St. Bede, we blend ancient forms of Christian practice with contemporary elements.
On Sundays at 8:30 a.m., we gather for a service based on the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which celebrates the profoundly valuable inheritance that Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, says has “a rare capacity not only to sink into the memory through their rhythms, but to calm the very pace of our thoughts.”
It is a short, quiet, meditative, service with no music. The first Sunday of the month is morning prayer, and the remaining weeks there is a Eucharist. The community is small but welcoming.
At 10:30, we celebrate using the Book of Alternative Services (BAS), a more contemporary take on our Anglican heritage.
This service is a bit more exuberant as you’ll be notice as you enter the children playing together, and the praise band and choir rehearsing prior to the service.
We make it as easy to participate as possible with both a printed leaflet which walks through the order of our service, as well as large screens behind the altar which project every hymn and prayer.
Traditional Anglican hymns are mixed with a set of praise songs early in the service, followed by deep reflections on our readings and Gospel. Shortly after offering each other the Peace, we end brief announcements by recognizing the birthdays and anniversaries of our community. After celebrating the Eucharist, we gather downstairs for food and fellowship.