Worship (Service Times)


Regular Sunday Schedule at St. Nicholas:

8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
9:15 a.m. Coffee Break
9:45 a.m. Christian Formation Classes for Children, Youth, & Adults
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II)

Summer Service Hours (July-August): 10:00am

Note: Various times in the year, we have one service at 10:00am. Please check the main website for any changes or email us at contact@stnicholashamilton.org if you aren’t sure. The first Sunday is August is traditionally our Parish Picnic and worship at 10:00am.

Wednesdays at St. Nicholas (September-May):
5:30 p.m. Dinner & SNICK (Kid’s Program)
6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

 

How We Worship: When we gather to worship God, there is a sense in which that worship is a mystery. But the real mystery is in how God acts and in our experience of that worship. There is no reason why we can’t all have a better understanding of what we do and why. This page and the other pages under Worship are designed to introduce you to worship at St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas follows worship practices common in the Anglican Communion with its more than 70 million members around the world. The information presented here describes a worship experience much as you will find it celebrated throughout the world.

  1. First, our worship emphasizes Scripture.  Each Sunday at St. Nicholas we read a section of the Old Testament, a portion of the Psalms, something from one of the New Testament letters, and a portion of one of the four Gospels. Every three years, we read through the Bible in our worship services. If you want to learn more about what the Bible actually says and what it means to our lives, we may be the church for you.
  2. Second, our worship emphasizes the Sacraments: As a sacramental church, we believe God connects spiritually with us on a physical level. Thus, sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace. We experience most of these sacraments in the context of worship. If you have any questions about any of these, please see Fr. Jeff.

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  3. Third, our worship is liturgical: The word liturgy means, “the work of the people.” This means everyone has an active part to play in worship. On the outside, worship may look a lot like a performance or play, where the priest and other ministers at the altar are the performers, God is the prompter, and the congregation is the audience. However, if you worship in the Episcopal Church, you’ll quickly realize that the congregation are the “performers,” the priest & ministers are the prompters, and God is the audience. When we worship, we don’t go primarily to be “fed.” We go so that we might “feed” God with our prayers and praises, our songs and our gestures, our mouths and our minds. Therefore, our services are orderly, respectful, rich, and beautiful. We give time for listening to Scripture, responding to Scripture, singing and praying ancient and contemporary hymns, listening to a sermon, stating what we believe, praying for others and ourselves, confessing our sins, greeting one another in fellowship, offering the fruits of our lives and labor, uniting around a common table, consuming the Body and Blood of Christ, giving thanks for God’s gifts to us, and sending us out into the world to love and serve the Lord. We do this all together. God is glorified, and we are changed.