Sunday Worship Services
7:45 AM Early Service
Spoken contemplative Holy Eucharist using Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer.
9:00 AM Casual Service
Spoken Holy Eucharist using Rite Two. This is a less formal service that is printed in the bulletin, featuring contemporary music and instruments.
10:30 AM Formal Service
Choral Eucharist using Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer. Our most formal and "high church" service. Traditional music and anthem with full Chancel Choir and pipe organ.
Join us for coffee and conversation in the Great Hall after all morning services.
Noon - Q&A at the baptismal font in the back of the church nave.
6:30 PM - Episcopal Campus Fellowship meets at Viking Union on the campus of Western Washington University. Click Here to go to the EpiC website.
Click here for a link to the Lectionary (The Liturgical Calendar) from the National Church. This is the basic schedule of lessons for all American Episcopal Churches for the entire year.
(If you are a service reader, the Lectionary shows you which verses you are going to be sharing.)
MONDAY: No services.
6:30 AM - Maple Alley Cafe (old parish hall)
9:00 AM - Alms Ministry (church office lobby)
11:30 AM - Parish Prayers
6:30 AM - Eucharist*
8:30 AM - Episcopal Campus Fellowship (Viking Union Cafe at WWU)
5:30 PM - Eucharist*
10:00 AM - Eucharist (Healing 1st Thurs each month)*
10:45 AM - Coffee,
11:00 AM - Class
5:30 PM - Contemplative Prayer
6:00 PM - Bell Choir rehearsal (on hiatus during the summer)
7:00 PM - Chancel Choir rehearsal (on hiatus during the summer)
FRIDAY: No services
SATURDAY: No services
* Service with Holy Eucharist
Sunday For Children & Youth
8:45 to 12:30 - Nursery ages 0 to 4 available (down the stairs from the foyer you follow the hallway to your left all the way to the end.)
10:15 - All Children gather in the Sports Hall to blow off steam.
10:25 - 11:20 - Preschool thru 4th Grade: Godly Play rooms B15 - B17
10:25 - 11:20 - 5th thru 7th Grade: The Bridge room B12
10:00 - 11:20 - 8th thru 12th Grade: Rooms 202 - 204 (up the stairs bear right)
Youth Activities will include discussion, bible study, service projects, liturgical ministry/training, and church attendance as a group.
CONNECT: Games, socializing, discussions.
INSPIRE: We attend liturgy as a group.
TRANSFORM: Bible and Church Studies.
SEND: Service projects and ministry activities.
At roughly 11:20 the younger children are escorted to join their families in the main sanctuary for the Eucharist. Children whose families are not attending the 10:30 service can meet their parents in the Sports Hall at 11:20.
All children are welcome in worship
We know that babies cry, toddlers get restless, and siblings squabble in the pew. It’s part of life.
However, if you would rather your young children be in the Nursery, it is located downstairs in the Education Wing, and all who work with children are trained and loving.
We also have children's "busy bags", along with crayons, and a variety of books available at the rear of the sanctuary.
"The Episcopal Church is powerful and unique because of the rituals that we participate in. The prayers that we are saying are spoken by over 80 million Anglicans around the world. It’s a time and space warp. You come as an individual, but you are actually part of a collective force of people, all speaking the same words and praying the same prayers in the same ritual. It’s comforting and thrilling. You know that others are experiencing the same thing at that moment, and everyone is joined in the simultaneous awe of Jesus' love and kindness. You always feel a deep connection when you realize that you are contributing an important part of the ritual."
Taizé* and Labyrinth
We sit down together to worship the God we all love. Taizé inspires us to reach across the barriers that separate Lutherans from Methodists,Protestants from Catholics, Christians from Muslims and believers from unbelievers. We are all children of God seeking truth. Once we remember this, that we are united in Christ, then we can work toward becoming the Church.
Taizé Services Will resume in the fall of 2017
(All services begin at 5:00PM in the main sanctuary of the church. Childcare is usually provided.)
2017-2018 Taizé Schedule & Themes coming soon
(All Prayers 5-6 PM 3rd or 4th Sunday of each month)
THANK YOU to the talented musicians and singers that made our Taize season such a blessing this year, especially Wade Dingman, our Music Director, and Lee Cunningham, who selects the theme, music, Scripture, and prepares our programs each month. We are grateful to those who served as Cantors and those who faithfully set up the labyrinth each month.
St. Paul’s Taizé Prayers are a gift of love to the greater Bellingham community. We hope to create the space where anyone who hungers for the presence of God can be found by God; where people of all faiths (or no faith) will be gifted with prayer. (A deep sense of prayer which will stay with them when they return to their daily lives.)
Some feel that too much speaking simply gets between us and God. Taizé worship centers on singing, prayer, readings and silence. Simple songs are sung in a repetitive manner to create a deep, meditative mood. This service is conducted across a wide spectrum of Catholic and Protestant churches worldwide. We have reports that several of our newer members have joined St. Paul's because of this service.
We hope that through these prayer services you are formed into living signs that God is love and love alone. We can all become living signs of this reconciliation.
Please share the gift by inviting a friend, neighbor, or colleague.
Note: These are the names of the "Theme Songs" in the original language. The English title is not an exact translation, but rather the title of the English text we will be singing. The theme song establishes the overall theme from which I select the songs.
There will be a Labyrinth Walk in the Great Hall before the service beginning at 4:00 and also from 6:00 to 7:30 PM following Taizé Prayer.
Child care is available during each Taizé prayer service.
St. Paul's labyrinth is always set up in the sports hall before and after the Taizé services, and at other select times during the year. Guides are available.
A slow meditative journey through the labyrinth is another way to calm the mind and deepen this experience.
*The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant.
The community has become one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community's ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. The community, though Western European in origin, has sought to include people and traditions worldwide. They have sought to demonstrate this in the music and prayers where songs are sung in many languages, and have included chants and icons from the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The music emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated and sometimes also sung in canon.
Want to become part of the Taizé Choir?
If you read music, (or if you don’t, but you follow well) you are invited to be part of the Taizé Choir. Simply show up at the right-front corner of the Nave at 4:15 PM before each Prayer when we practice the songs of the day. The purpose of the choir is to lead congregational singing and provide the parts in the Ostinato Chorales as a part of the congregation. The choir and cantors sing from the front pews, in the same style as The Church of Reconciliation, Taizé, France.
In The Church of Reconciliation, Taizé, France, the choir is formed when the pilgrims arrive on Sunday Afternoon. During the Prayers (3 per day), the choir sits on the steps located on the front-right of the Nave and is hidden from much of the congregation by a pillar. The choir director sits on the floor in front of the choir along with the guitar player. The Cantors kneel among the brothers in the center of the Nave in such a way that it is difficult to find them.
Services On Special Occasions and Feast Days
Our worship also includes a variety of special services during the year, tied to the church calendar (Holy Week, Ash Wednesday, Epiphany, and more).
Our priests will be glad to discuss and answer questions about our worship.