Worship with Us
Weekly Sunday Services are Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., with a Coffee Hour following each service. Child care is provided throughout the morning.
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
This service is the more contemporary of our two Sunday services and lasts approximately an hour. By contemporary we mean that the liturgical texts are newer; hymns are drawn from a combination of contemporary and traditional musical sources; and the singing is led by a single cantor with organ or piano.
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist
This service is the more traditional of our two Sunday services and lasts approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. Most Sundays feature the St. Margaret’s Choir, and hymns are drawn from more traditional sources like The Hymnal 1982. The liturgy itself also deviates less from regular Episcopal rites, and the Eucharistic Prayer is sometimes chanted.
Our worship in general follows the forms of The Book of Common Prayer. The biblical lessons used each week come from the Revised Common Lectionary, an ecumenical calendar of readings over a three-year cycle of Sundays. If you are interested in seeing the lessons that will be used on any given Sunday, visit this website hosted by Vanderbilt University, or a simpler calendar of readings called simply the Lectionary Page.
St. Margaret’s Church makes every effort to make the language of worship conform to our conviction that the nature of God embraces both male and female and that men and women are equal in God’s sight. Therefore, in our worship, we take our Bible readings from the New Revised Standard Version, the best translation currently available in this aspect, and Psalms from inclusive language sources. In our liturgies, we make minimal but symbolically important changes in the language of the prayer book in accord with our commitment to inclusive expression. Some historical texts, like the Lord’s Prayer, that are widely known and loved are left unaltered, as is copyrighted material, such as hymns and anthems. In those texts, as in the ones that are changed, we recognize and affirm both the masculine and feminine in God.
St. Margaret’s children and adults offer their consistent presence each Sunday morning. We ensure a seamless service by serving as acolytes, chalice administrators, crucifers, intercessors, lectors, vergers and ushers. Interested members should contact the Parish Office for information about a brief training and to be added to the Online Rota.