Worship at St. Barnabas...

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Christ has obtained a ministry which is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant it mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.
— Hebrews 8:6

Worship at St. Barnabas has been described as “relaxed high church.” Our format follows The Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.  Liturgical worship is structured and follows a set pattern, as opposed to forms of worship that seem less structured and more spontaneous. Like an elaborate folk dance, though it may seem predictable, there is room for personal expression as we “dance” together in the mystery of God. We share this structure with the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches, and the Lutheran Church.

Liturgy means the work of the people. The word is a compound of the Greek words laos and ergon, which mean "people" and "work" respectively. Though not originally associated with worship, the Christ is referred to as performing a liturgy in the New Testament. Christ’s life of obedience, death on the cross, and resurrection is the Christian liturgy. It is public work done for the benefit of the people. Our service of worship is a “making present” and participation in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In worship, we appropriate Christ’s liturgy as our own and are shaped by it. Therefore, we refer to Christian gatherings for worship as liturgies. 

While other styles of worship have their own validity, liturgical worship has its advantages:

-Praying prayers that we have inherited from the past links us with believers who have gone before us.

-Liturgical worship involves the whole person: kneeling, bowing, standing, making the sign of the cross, eating, drinking, smelling incense, singing, listening, and speaking together make worship a full-sensory activity. 

-Participating corporately reinforces the conviction that we gather as one body instead of a group of individuals. 

-This is the way most of the church has worshiped from the beginning.

Once you've glimpsed the goodness, beauty, splendor, love, and mercy of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, you are moved to worship with thanksgiving, joy, wonder, and praise. At St. Barnabas we gather on Sundays to do just that. We pray and sing together, hear the scriptures read and expounded together, and celebrate the Eucharist together. In worship, we open our hearts to God that we might be drawn deeper into the heart of God.

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