Opportunities for Worship at St. Michael’s
|Sundays (September 2017 to June 2018)|
|Thursdays (September 2017 to June 2018)
Congregational worship is at the heart of the St. Michael’s community. Our weekly worship services on Sunday and Thursday are augmented by special services during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and other special moments in the Church and parish calendar. Baptisms are sometimes part of our Sunday services. The choirs occasionally lead us in Choral Evensong. We even have an annual Blessing of the Animals!
Parishioners actively participate in Sunday worship through a variety of roles such as lectors (readers), ushers, acolytes, lay eucharistic ministers, choir members, or as participants in the sermon group. The behind-the-scenes work of the altar guild and flower guild adds to the quality of our worship. A dedicated core of Church School teachers always welcomes new volunteers of all ages to work with our younger parishioners.
Our choirs for adults and children enrich worship through an active music program. The adult choir sings at all 10 a.m. services; the youth choir sings regularly as well. The Andover organ, purchased by the parish through a successful capital fund campaign in 1994 – 96, was our Centennial gift to future generations at St. Michael’s. The choir rehearsal schedule is as follows; singers at all levels of experience are welcome.
Cathedral Choir: Every Sunday, 11:30 am
Adult Choir: Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Children provide a vital link to understanding the presence of the Holy Spirit. Once a month, all children above nursery age (3 and older) join the congregation at 10am. Music from the Cathedral Choir (children’s choir), songs learned in Children’s Chapel, a Children’s homily, and an assembly of all children in front of the altar during the Prayer of Consecration, combine to create the Family Service atmosphere. Boys and girls in seventh grade and above are invited to serve as acolytes, and are important members of the liturgical party. A Youth Sunday service, led by the young people of the parish, is a highlight each spring.