WORSHIP

Sunday at 8:15 a.m.

A quiet service in traditional language, with sermon, without hymns. In our tradition, this service is known as “Low Mass,” in that it uses no music and it offers less ceremony than the liturgically “higher” 10:30 a.m. service. For fans of Elizabethan English, you’ll hear a plethora of thee’s and thou’s not to mention phrases like, “rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.” We’ve got something for everybody!

Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

This is our principal Eucharist with sermon, hymns and choir. Our hope is that you deepen your encounter in the mystery of Christ as we express our rich liturgical heritage. Portions of the liturgy are sung between priest and people and ceremonial accompaniments such as incense may be used to emphasize the importance of the day.

During the program year, Sunday School and Nursery care are provided by our experienced Christian Education team. A very welcoming coffee hour is held in the parish hall following the service.

Music

Music is an essential part of worship at St. Philip’s. We are very fortunate to have an excellent organist and choirmaster in Laura Rocklin. Laura holds a Master’s Degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Church Music. choirmaster

A key component of worship is the Bunn-Minnick organ that was installed in 1984 and retains a few of the orginial ranks of pipes from the church’s previous pipe organ. Church guests stay seated for the postlude to enjoy the beautiful music and often applaud in appreciation when it is finished.

Our choir, which is made up of around thirteen members at this time, leads the congregation in hymns at the 10:30 a.m. service and for special services throughout the year. There is openness among choir members to new forms of music as well as a love for the traditional, while keeping the tradition of the Anglican liturgy. There is always an open place for anyone who would like to join the choir. The choir members meet every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for choir practice and before service on Sundays. We have a small bell choir with a 3 octave bell set that we have borrowed from our local university. Our love for God and His son, Jesus Christ, is evident in all the music that we offer to the congregation. We also minister to each other in prayer, support, and fellowship in difficult times and life transitions. The year usually wraps up with a choir dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

129 West Mound Street
Circleville, Ohio 43113
stphilipscircleville@frontier.com
740.474.4525

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