"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness..."
The Parish of Christ Church, Cooperstown exists to worship God. The many wonderful activities of this congregation—our outreach and service, our fellowship and care for one another, our learning and our formation—all flow from and lead us back into our life of worship together.
Services at Christ Church are offered according to the liturgies of The Book of Common Prayer. A "liturgy" is simply the form or shape of a service. Our liturgies vary widely in style. Some are quiet and simple, like our daily offerings of Morning and Evening Prayer, or our Wednesday morning celebration of Holy Eucharist. Some are grand and elaborate, like the Great Vigil of Easter held annually on the Eve of Easter Sunday. But all aspire to bring glory to God, proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and renew the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Many (though by no means all) of our services include the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Holy Eucharist (the word derives from the Greek term eukharistos, meaning "grateful" or "thankful") is sometimes called the Mass, the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion. Whatever the term used, the Eucharist is, for Christians, the holiest and most complete act of worship we can offer. In it, we hear the proclamation of God's Word in Scripture and preaching, we offer to God our sacrifice of prayers, praise and thanksgiving, and we recall before God, with deep gratitude, the greatest gift he has given us: his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. As we pray over the simple elements of bread and wine, we ask that by the power of the Holy Spirit they might be for us, through faith, the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, and that we might receive Christ's grace, love, and abiding presence as we share in his feast. The Holy Eucharist binds us together, nourishes our souls, and equips us and empowers us to be God's people in the world.
Come worship the Lord at Christ Church!
"I was glad when they said unto me, 'We will go into the house of the Lord.'" -Psalm 122
· 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in St Agnes Chapel. This service usually lasts about 20 minutes.
· 8:00 a.m. Holy Communion with Sermon in the Church. This service uses traditional language (Rite I), and usually lasts about 50 minutes.
· 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion with music, Children's Message, and Sermon in the Church. This service uses contemporary language (Rite II), and usually lasts about 75 minutes.
· 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Holy Communion in St Agnes Chapel. This service usually lasts about 45 minutes.
· 8:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Morning Prayer in St Agnes Chapel. This service usually lasts about 20 minutes.
· 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Evening Prayer in St Agnes Chapel. This service usually lasts about 20 minutes.
HOLY DAYS, CHORAL EVENSONG, AND SPECIAL SERVICES
· As Announced, usually at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays or 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.