During shelter-in-place, we are meeting for Morning Prayer via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Our worship has deep roots in ancient Christian practice; some of the prayers we say date from the fourth century, and some of our hymn lyrics are even older. Episcopalians and Anglicans around the world share the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer, which at its heart holds that worship is “common,” shared between people and priest.
For more about what to expect in worship, visit our Newcomer Information page.
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. — Holy Eucharist Rite I
A quieter, contemplative service without music, using traditional language (“thee, thou, thy”).
Sunday, 10:15 a.m. — Holy Eucharist Rite II
A more exuberant service including our choir (September through June), our Beckerath organ, and congregational singing, using contemporary language (“you, your”). Children ages 3 – 11 are in Sunday school for the first half of the service; they join their parents for communion. Younger children are welcome in church, or they may be cared for by our professional nursery staff.
Music at St. Bede’s
Historically, St. Bede’s has had, and continues to have, an outstanding music program, and there is an enormous appreciation for the choir and the service music. The 10:15 congregation considers the choir and the Beckerath organ a major attraction and a spiritual resource, even to those who don’t themselves like to sing. The choir sings music of many genres, with perhaps more emphasis on early music than many other choirs, but contemporary compositions, folk music, and spirituals also appear. However, “pop” or “praise” music is absent.
St. Bede’s organ, originally built in 1969 as a neo-baroque organ with a tracking action by the Beckerath Organ Company in Germany, has recently been restored to its original sound and refurbished after forty years of hard use and improper maintenance. A measure of its importance to the congregation is that the funds for its restoration were raised within months, in a separate capital campaign immediately after the major church capital campaign.