Outside of the United States, Episcopalians are known as Anglicans. Worldwide we number more than 60 million. All of us worship using modern versions of the Book of Common Prayer, whose roots go back to the first edition which came from England in 1549. The Church was determined, through the creation of this Book, that all baptized persons would participate in the liturgy, not merely have it performed for them by the clergy. We continue in the tradition of involvement, using the 1979 American edition. To maximize everyone's participation, we provide booklets containing the parts of the service from the Prayer Book and directions for all the music that is to be sung. We also include, with each booklet, copies of the texts for the Scripture readings of the day. Everyone is encouraged to take these inserts home so that they may later re-read them and reflect on the lessons of the day.
Worship Service Schedule
Throughout the year:
Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the church, with organ music and hymns.
In addition to the Sunday schedule noted in the Worship Section, we also observe major feasts and Holy Days, the schedule of which are posted in the service bulletins and the Newsletter.
At St. Andrew's, these services are led by ministry teams of men and women. In the Episcopal Church, our ordained ministers are referred to as bishops, priests and deacons. The priest-in-charge of a parish is called a "Rector". The Rector usually presides and preaches at services. We also "commission" Lay Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Acolytes to assist the priest. At each Eucharist, all baptized Christians, regardless of their denominational background, are invited to come to the Lord's Table and are welcome to receive communion. This invitation includes baptized children as we hope that they will never remember a time when they did not participate in this sacrament.
Bishop Waggoner with Reverend Canon Linda Mayer on the day she was ordained at St. Luke's in Wenatchee
Children in Worship
The Daily Office link provides references to both Rites of Morning and Evening Prayers found in the Book of Common Prayer. It contains the daily office lectionary and is available in both English and Spanish