At All Souls, we place an emphasis on worshipping God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — in the beauty of holiness. The services at All Souls are rooted in the worship of the Ancient Church and are in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer. From the clothing of the sacred ministers, to the songs we sing, to the movements we make, all is marked by a keen sense of God’s holy presence.
In the Holy Eucharist, heaven and earth come together. And when we come to the altar, we are coming to the foot of Calvary to receive the very Body and Blood of the Crucified and Risen Jesus in whom we find forgiveness, salvation, and life. And since this is the case, how ought we to conduct ourselves in the court of the King of Kings? What should our disposition be at the foot of the Cross?
If you’ve never experienced a traditional liturgy, here’s what to expect: vestments, hymns, chanting, Scripture readings, Biblical preaching, bowing, kneeling, crossing, and (occasionally) incense. If that intimidates you, don’t let it. Just participate as best you can; and feel free to speak with Fr. Matt about any questions you may have.
Kids (birth through grade 5)
Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.” Thus, children need to be integrated into the life of the Church, participating in the service and (if Baptized) receiving Communion, rather than off doing their own thing until the age of eighteen. Having said that though, we do have a liturgy of the Word geared towards children. During the Scripture lessons and sermon, the children gather together for a lesson and activities based on the same lectionary readings.
Youth (grades 6-12)
As with children, teens are to participate fully in the life of the Church. Those committed to the Lord are encouraged to serve as lectors, acolytes, greeters, etc. In addition, there are regular youth meetings and activities, where they can gather with their peers to grow in faith and, also, have some fun.
The Daily Office: At the heart of the Christian life is prayer. Thus, parishioners are encouraged to engage in Bible reading and prayer by making use of the daily offices (Morning and Evening Prayer) in the Book of Common Prayer.
All Souls 101: A four-week course which focuses on the fundamentals of the Faith delivered once for all to the saints as it has been passed down in the Anglican tradition. To learn more and/or to register, click here.
Another avenue of growth is to get involved serving in a ministry. We are a church plant, so there is no dearth of opportunity to serve. To learn about the various ministries at All Souls, click here.
All Souls is being planted in a burgeoning new community — Horizon West. As Christians, we are to love our neighbors. And if we love them, we’ll want to get to know them and, if need be, help them. This manifests in partnerships with schools, local business owners, and ministries like Matthew’s Hope.