Copyright 2017 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801     603-436-8842     christportsnh@comcast.net

Christ Church’s worship schedule

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. — Holy Eucharist Rite Two “Gospel for Kids” Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word Coffee and Refreshments follow the service

Worship: Something we all do together

Worship is a central component of our life together and is not just the domain of the ordained clergy. At Christ Episcopal Church we depend on the entire congregation to create our worship of God. Our lay people serve at the altar as acolytes, lectors and Eucharistic ministers, assisting our priest. Members of the congregation offer their talents and express their love of God by preparing the sanctuary for worship...or as members of our choir...or by reading scripture and leading us in prayer. Or as ushers welcoming YOU on your first Sunday with us!

More about our worship

The Liturgy of the Word

We begin by praising God through song and prayer, and then listen to a reading from the Hebrew Scriptures, a Psalm (sung or recited by the congregation), something from the Epistles, and a reading from the Gospels.  Next, a sermon interpreting the readings is preached and then the congregation recites the Church’s statement of beliefs, the Nicene Creed.   The congregation then 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 priest 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 Celebrant 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 hands, and greets the congregation again, saying or singing “The Lord be with you.”  Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the Celebrant 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 Celebrant 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 Celebrant blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord’s Prayer. Finally, the Celebrant 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.  

All are welcome

All people of faith — no matter age or denomination — are welcome to “receive communion.” Episcopalians open our Table not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously.   Visitors who prefer not to receive Communion are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the Celebrant. Simply cross your arms over your chest as a sign you with to receive such a blessing.   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.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Worship at Christ Church

Copyright 2017 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801     603-436-8842  

Christ Church’s worship

schedule

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. — Holy Eucharist Rite Two “Gospel for Kids” Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word Coffee and Refreshments follow the service

Worship: Something we all

do together

Worship is a central component of our life together and is not just the domain of the ordained clergy. At Christ Episcopal Church we depend on the entire congregation to create our worship of God. Our lay people serve at the altar as acolytes, lectors and Eucharistic ministers, assisting our priest. Members of the congregation offer their talents and express their love of God by preparing the sanctuary for worship...or as members of our choir...or by reading scripture and leading us in prayer. Or as ushers welcoming YOU on your first Sunday with us!

More about our worship

The Liturgy of the Word

We begin by praising God through song and prayer, and then listen to a reading from the Hebrew Scriptures, a Psalm (sung or recited by the congregation), something from the Epistles, and a reading from the Gospels.  Next, a sermon interpreting the readings is preached and then the congregation recites the Church’s statement of beliefs, the Nicene Creed.   The congregation then 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 priest 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 Celebrant 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 hands, and greets the congregation again, saying or singing “The Lord be with you.”  Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the Celebrant 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 Celebrant 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 Celebrant blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord’s Prayer. Finally, the Celebrant 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.  

All are welcome

All people of faith — no matter age or denomination — are welcome to “receive communion.” Episcopalians open our Table not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously.   Visitors who prefer not to receive Communion are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the Celebrant. Simply cross your arms over your chest as a sign you with to receive such a blessing.   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.

Worship at Christ Church

Portsmouth, New Hampshire