Services at COS

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Weekly Program Schedule

Sunday Services
7:45am Spoken Prayer Book Service
9:00am Traditional Service with a Contemporary Music Team*
10:45am Traditional Choral Eucharist with Organ*


Additional Sunday parking is now available! If our beloved, little parking lot is full on Sunday's visitors can find additional parking at Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park (2515 N Clark St). Just keep your ticket provided upon entry and pick up a parking voucher from the Narthex table to use when you exit. It's free parking on Sunday only.


*The 9:00am and 10:45am services will be live-streamed each week on Facebook and YouTube and coffee hours will follow both the 9:00am and 10:45am services.

Monday
Monday Matters with Brian Hastings, and online message from the Rector at 12:00pm Facebook
 
Tuesday
Morning Glories Bible Study at 7:30am 
Morning Prayer at 10:00am Zoom

Friday
Weekly eNews & Updates Sign up
Friday Faith with Brian Hastings, and online message from the Rector at 12:00pm Facebook

Weekly Compline 
Compline (Night Prayer) at 9:00pm on Zoom, Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday (contacting the office for more information)

What to Expect On Your Visit

Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship, like at Church of Our Saviour (COS). The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass. At COS, like most Episcopal churches,  worship is accompanied by the singing of liturgical music, meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don't change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers.

For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes. At COS everything you need to know to participate each Sunday can be found in the worship bulletin which is provided. 

The Holy Eucharist

In spite of the diversity of worship styles in the Episcopal Church, Holy Eucharist always has the same components and the same shape.

The Liturgy of the Word

We begin by praising God through song and prayer and then listen to readings from the Bible. Usually one from the Old Testament, a Psalm, something from the Epistles, and (always) a reading from the Gospels. The psalm is often sung or recited by the congregation.

Next, a sermon interpreting the readings appointed for the day is preached.

The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed, written in the Fourth Century and the Church's statement of what we believe.

Next, the congregation prays together for the Church, the World, and those in need. We pray for the sick, thank God for all the good things in our lives, and finally, we pray for the dead. The presider (e.g. priest, bishop, lay minister) concludes with a prayer that gathers the petitions into a communal offering of intercession.

In certain seasons of the Church year, the congregation formally confesses their sins before God and one another. This is a corporate statement of what we have done and what we have left undone, followed by a pronouncement of absolution. In pronouncing absolution, the presider assures the congregation that God is always ready to forgive our sins.

The congregation then greets one another with a sign of peace.

The Liturgy of the Table

Next, the priest stands at the table, which has been set with a cup of wine and a plate of bread or wafers, raises his or her hands, and greets the congregation again, saying The Lord be With You. Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the presider tells the story of our faith, from the beginning of Creation, through the choosing of Israel to be God's people, through our continual turning away from God, and God's calling us to return. Finally, the presider tells the story of the coming of Jesus Christ, and about the night before his death, on which he instituted the Eucharistic meal (communion) as a continual remembrance of him.

The presider blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord's Prayer. Finally, the presider breaks the bread and offers it to the congregation, as the gifts of God for the People of God.

The congregation then shares the consecrated bread and the wine. Sometimes the people all come forward to receive the bread and wine; sometimes they pass the elements around in other ways.

All Are Welcome

All baptized Christians' no matter age or denomination are welcome to receive communion. Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously.

Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the presider.

At the end of the Eucharist, the congregation prays once more in thanksgiving and then is dismissed to continue the life of service to God and to the World