How We Worship

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Our Eucharist-centered worship reflects our respect for the traditions of the Episcopal Church and our joy in music and prayer. We are fortunate that the sanctuary surrounds the altar in a semi-circle, emphasizing that we worship as the people of God.

A typical 10 am (9 am July - Labor Day) Sunday service uses Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer.   Our music ranges from traditional hymns to folk and spirituals. We sing with spirit, and spontaneous clapping is not unusual. In recent years, we have enjoyed the beauty of excellent piano accompaniment that is occasionally augmented by other instruments. We are friendly and welcoming, and when we share the Peace, there is a real sense of sincere appreciation for each other.

At the Offertory, our emphasis on outreach is evident when children and adults bring items donated to the Food Shelf next door to the altar to be blessed.

The love and joy we share sometimes turns into laughter during the service and sermon, which takes nothing away from quieter, more reflective moments or the reverent celebration of the Eucharist.

The service concludes with a rousing, “Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord,’’ which we are reminded to take seriously as we live the message of the Gospel in the week ahead. That week then begins with our lively announcements, when parishioners share upcoming events, happy news, and sometimes tears. To listen to them is to know the joyful, caring spirit of St. Paul’s.

In addition to special services throughout the year, we also hold an 8:00 am (7:45 am July - Labor Day) Sunday service without music that uses the simpler, more traditional Rite I. 

 

Contact us

Address:
749 Hartford Avenue
White River Junction, VT 05001

Phone: (802) 295-5415

Email: stpaulsvt@gmail.com

Our History

St. Paul’s story begins in the middle of the Civil War when St. James Episcopal Church in Woodstock, Vermont started sending their priest over to White River Junction.  Services in private homes grew into a mission church in the back of Glover’s Clothing Store, and in 1874, the original church was built downtown. By 1882 St. Paul’s was able to...
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How We Worship

Our Eucharist-centered worship reflects our respect for the traditions of the Episcopal Church and our joy in music and prayer. We are fortunate that the sanctuary surrounds the altar in a semi-circle, emphasizing that we worship as the people of God.
At a typical Sunday...
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