The Meaning of Worship at StC

This congregation, part of the Universal Church gathered to worship. Our worship space prominently features the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, the Proclamation of the Word (Christ in Scripture) and the Gospel message of Christ’s incarnation, death, resurrection, ascension, and coming again.

We call our worship services “liturgies”. The Greek word liturgia, from which we get the word “Liturgy”, means in part “the work of the people.”

From the time of the Apostles and even before, worship has been seen as the people’s service to God, not as God’s service to us. It is true, however, that God does bless us and fill us as we worship, but that is not the first reason why we come to worship. We worship because we love God for who God is, not just for what God does for us.

Celebrating the Eucharist, that is Holy Communion, is our central act of worship, at St. Christopher’s. All other worship points to and readies us to meet Christ in this Divine Liturgy.

When we go to worship, we gather as the Church – Christ’s body – to offer our sacrifice of thanksgivings, praises, music, song, confession of faith and confession of sins, petitions to God, and to offer our gifts of time, talent, and treasure – all of this in union with Christ’s one sacrifice for the sins of the whole world upon the cross.

Receiving Communion at St. Christopher’s. In Holy Communion we receive the True Presence of Christ, the forgiveness of sins, the pledge of eternal life with God, unity with God and God’s People, and all the wholeness our Creator and Lover of Souls desires for us. In receiving the Eucharist, we receive the Bread of Heaven and the fruit of the New Tree of Life (the Cross) for the salvation of our bodies and souls.

As a community of Christ, gathered in the Spirit of Christ, we work together with each other and with Christ to make our sacrificial offerings. This includes such ministries as Altar Guild, acolytes, flower arrangers, greeters, bread bakers, readers, Eucharistic ministers (chalice bearers), preachers, presiders & celebrants, choirs and musicians. And it includes every worshiper who enters our doors or participates online or from afar.

This is our work, the work of the People of Christ. This is our worship – called the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, the Eucharist, Holy Communion, and our Service of Worship.

A Baptism at St. Christopher’s. In this Holy Sacrament we proclaim our faith and pledge ourselves to God while discovering that God has unconditionally pledged God’s own love and very self to us. This mutual giving is the Covenant made known to us in Christ, into whom we are Baptized.

Permanent link to this article: