Worship at St. Mary Magdalene
St. Mary Magdalene is a vibrant, culturally diverse community gathered to praise and glorify God and to nurture our faith in Jesus Christ. Our worship services are shaped by the rites and traditions of the Episcopal Church. Worship is uplifting and congregants leave with an enormous sense of the grandeur and awe of God’s presence. The music, the fellowship, the prayers, the sermon, the liturgy of the Word and Eucharist all contribute to expressing the beauty of worship.
Our services are led by a team consisting of an Interim Rector, an Associate Rector, a Deacon, two Vergers, Acolytes and Lay Eucharistic Ministers. The church’s music ministry is vital to the life of St. Mary Magdalene and we have a talented and dedicated team of a Music Director, Assistant Music Director, Cantors, Choir Members and various instrumentalists who enhance the depth and grandeur of our worship. A spirit of unity and excitement is reflected in a general enthusiasm at the time of greeting each other during the Peace. The Church has four weekend services, a mid-week service on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am and Bible Study and Evening Prayer, led by the Anamchara Fellowship, on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.
Our first weekend service begins on Saturday at 5:00 pm, with The Holy Eucharist, Rite II. Music is a rich blend of traditional and contemporary hymns chosen from The Gather Hymnal, 1982 Hymnal or Lift Every Voice and Sing, accompanied by piano and guitar.
On Sunday mornings at 8:00 am the traditional, Rite I service uses hymns primarily from the 1982 Hymnal and Lift Every Voice and Sing, accompanied by organ music. There is no formal choir at this service, but some choir members attend voluntarily. Two bible study opportunities exist on Sunday mornings after the 8 am service – an Adult Forum and a Women’s Bible Study.
Our largest attendance is at 10:30 am – a Eucharistic Rite II service with a full procession of Vergers, Acolytes, Choir Members, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Deacon and Priests. Hymns are taken from traditional and non-traditional sources. Music is accompanied by the organ and often violins, a trumpet or other musical instruments. Following the Confession and Peace, the children who were attending Sunday School join the congregation to share in Holy Communion.
A Eucharistic Rite II service in Spanish led by our Associate Rector or a Retired Priest who is a member of this congregation begins at 12:30 pm. A small but very dedicated choir leads us in lively singing, accompanied by a piano, guitar or other musical instruments. This service is open to all and at times, English speakers join to share fellowship.
After the 10:30 and the 12:30 services, there is usually congregational fellowship in the Parish Hall, with an exciting menu of traditional and cultural dishes. While parishioners are enjoying fellowship in the hall, there is a fourth service in the Church; The St. John’s Church of South India begins its service at 2:00 pm.
Sunday evenings at 6 pm we offer a traditional Evening Prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer. This service is enriched with use of chant, candles and incense.
At St. Mary Magdalene all persons are welcome to enter the doors, join in worship and be nurtured; bringing doubts, anxieties, fears or questions and each person will find a place for prayer and a loving community. We encourage all to “come and see.”