As a fellowship of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Church of the Holy Spirit worships our Lord through the liturgy. Actually, all churches that worship do so through some sort of liturgy. By “liturgy” we mean all shared public acts of worship among Christians. The ancient Greek origin of the word reflects the public acts of worship in the Jewish temple in the Old Testament days and in the intertestamental period. Liturgy means the the work and devotion of the people whenever they come together to return thanks and to glorify God. Traditionally, church liturgy has included prescribe forms for worship services, including prayers, responsive readings, timeless ceremonies that bear meaning, antiphonal responses in music and more.
At Church of the Holy Spirit, liturgies derived mainly from the Book of Common Prayer and other approved worship reflect “what together we do” as we gather in fellowship to celebrate what God has done and is doing and to worship him, our creator and redeemer. Liturgy provides us with a means of focusing during worship on contemplation as we observe seasons of the church calendar, including Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
There is something very special about a worshiping God through a liturgy that connects not just a few generations, but the lives and voices of Christians going back thousands of years, voices from ages past. When we pass the peace to each other and when the celebrant greets the congregation with the sursum corda “lift up your hearts” and the congregation joyfully responds, “we lift them up to the Lord!” together we are worshiping the same way Christians have worshiped since the days of the Early Church.