St Barnabas Service Information
Worship in the Episcopal Church and at St. Barnabas is something we enter into not something we invent week after week. Standing in a rich heritage stretching back centuries our worship joins us with those who, from the beginning, have sought a profound relationship with God. Drawing on Jewish prayer, the spiritual life of the first followers of Christ, influenced by early Catholic and Orthodox sensibilities, enriched by Protestant insights, led deeper by the Holy Spirit, we join with "Saints and angels and all the company of heaven" in our worship of God who is the God of Love.
The Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion, or the Mass) is the central worship service of the Episcopal Church. We celebrate the Eucharist in several forms, described below. We also provide a number of opportunities to learn and grow for adults, youth, and children.
Sunday 11:00 am - Explorations for All Ages
Adult Forum is a self-guided, free-ranging spiritual inquiry roundtable (usually without the table) that plumbs the big questions of 21st century Christian life. Our goal is to learn together and share personal perspectives in safe, respectful dialogue that stimulates growth in our spiritual evolution.
Youth Group encourages youth to participate and lead in a variety of ways; by serving at the altar as acolytes and readers, by serving their community in the nursery and Godly Play classroom, and by joining their peers at twice monthly meetings as well as social gatherings, service projects and travel, and our annual Youth Group Camping Trip in August.
Sunday at 7:45 am - Spoken Eucharist
This intimate service is fully spoken, without sung prayers or hymns.
Sunday at 9:30 am - Holy Eucharist with Music
This service includes sung prayers and hymns, as well as other music used to celebrate the Mass. Families with children are also prominent at this service, and we encourage families to include their children in worship. Nursery care is also available starting at 9:15 am and Godly Play, a worship experience for children ages three through eight is offered during the Liturgy of the Word (the readings, sermon, Prayers of the People, and Confession.) All children are brought back to the sanctuary in time for communion.
Wednesday at 10:00 am - Bible Study and Eucharist
Every Wednesday we have a bible study session and eucharist service.
Wednesday at 6:30 pm - Contemplative Compline
Combining spiritual reflection, theological inquiry, personal sharing and ancient monastic ritual, we seek a peace point in the rhythm of our weeks with Contemplative Compline (day's end service in community). After mindfully gathering ourselves we’ll discuss a text that spiritualizes a problem of our day, share relief in mutual prayer, and culminate with the short Compline liturgy.