The Worship Committee meets twice yearly to assist the rector in planning and implementing liturgies for the seasons of Advent, Christmas/Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.
Once again on Palm/Passion Sunday we read the passion narrative at the end of the service, to leave in silence and begin a contemplative Holy Week. Nightly services then included Healing, Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross with stations created by members of St. Patrick’s, Tenebrae with sung psalms, and Good Friday with handbells. Easter Vigil included our children’s choir presenting the lessons in the first part of the service and, once in the sanctuary, the congregation rang bells to celebrate the resurrection.
We presented our fifth U2charist at the Dublin Irish Festival, complete with in-house band, and we used those prayers during our own worship during the fall. As often as appropriate, we use prayers written by our clergy, and by our youth group, to keep our liturgy fresh and meaningful.
We have trialled the 7-week Advent Project; and though the “7-week” aspect was not emphasized, we were able to use verses from “O come, O come, Emmanuel” to highlight the narrative arc of the season.
The Worship Committee continues to honor the traditions found in our Book of Common Prayer, and joins them with personal contributions of our members to create innovative and vibrant worship experiences which will empower us to serve God in the world.