What are services like?
Welcome to Church of the Savior! When you get to the foyer, you'll notice the Welcome Center. There you can find information about the church, sign up lists for various ministries and events and a calendar for the next several weeks.
Dress is generally casual though clergy and prayer and communion ministers wear albs (robes).
You may either take an order of worship from the Welcome Center or from an usher and that will clearly guide you through the service. Our services usually last about an hour and a half.
If you wish, you may take infants and toddlers up through age 3 to the nursery (an usher will direct you) or you may choose to keep them with you in worship.
Children and youth begin worship with the adults and leave for their teaching time about 15 minutes into the service, returning just before the Eucharist (communion). Infants and toddlers also return to the service at that time.
You'll notice that some of our folks are still arriving at 5 p.m. though worship does begin on time. We're a warm and friendly church with an average attendance of 90-100. We follow the liturgy of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and our music is a blend of hymns and contemporary worship music. We describe our worship as contemplative yet celebratory.
You will not be singled out in any way but we like to warmly welcome visitors one-on-one, either at the "Peace" (a time of greeting in the middle of the service) or after worship. All visitors are invited to pick up a small gift at the Welcome Center.
We look forward to meeting you!
What is the community like?
Vision and Mission
Journeying Together.We are committed to walking together on this transformational journey toward Christlikeness, not isolated but supportive of one another each step of the way.
Loving God...Because of God's great love for us, we strive to love God completely, as individuals and as a church, and long for a deeper experience of His transforming love. We aim to make our love manifest in every aspect of our common life and ministry. We walk in the light of Scripture, God's written Word, as our highest authority and only faithful guide on our journey into His love (Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12). We commit ourselves to worship, prayer and the other ancient disciplines of the Christian faith as the only sure path toward spiritual transformation (Jeremiah 6:16). We worship in the liturgical tradition of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, which admonishes us faithfully to proclaim the Word (Acts 10:42; Titus 1:19) and to practice the sacraments of the Eucharist (Ephesians 6:18; Luke 22:19) and baptism (Mark 16:15-6; Romans 6:1-8; I Corinthians 12:13). Our worship is contemplative yet celebratory in style as we seek to enter into His presence and glorify Him in ways that express the breadth and diversity of our experiences.
Loving Others...As friends of the Savior, we are committed to building a community that is growing, not only in love for God but also in love for one another, just as He loved us (1 John 4:11). For we are members of the body of Christ (Romans 7:4; I Corinthians 10:16, 12:27), united together with Him in His suffering, death and resurrection. Therefore, we are called to a common life of "humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:1-6). We seek to cultivate a community that "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things," together (I Corinthians 13:7). We strive to empower one another to live the Good News in our families, neighborhoods and vocations and to support others who are sharing the Good News both locally and globally (Matthew 28:19-20). We commit ourselves to recognize and to respond to those who are suffering and in need through giving, service, healing prayer and the promotion of social justice (Micah 6:8).
Loving Life...In the beginning, God created, called His creation good and afterward rested (Genesis 1-2). So too, we affirm the goodness of His world, the sanctity of human life and celebrate the divine rhythm of work and rest. For "'the earth and its fullness are the Lord's'" (Psalm 24; I Corinthians 10:21-31) and Christ Himself came that we might "have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Because we love God, we receive with gratitude and celebration the life he gives us. Because we want to love others as we love ourselves, we seek to promote and protect the fullness of life for others, as we do for ourselves. Therefore, we celebrate our freedom in Him. We seek to enjoy life to its fullest and to receive with joy every good gift that comes down to us from God (James 1:17). We find that Sabbath rest helps us taste the abundant life Jesus offers (Exodus 20:8; Mark 2:27). We also seek to protect human life and conserve God's creation (1 Timothy 6:17).
What if I'm not a Christian?
We welcome you to explore the ancient paths in a loving and supportive worship community. "This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'" Jeremiah 6:16