Sunday morning worship at St. Paul’s begins with a service at 8:30 am. In the quiet of the early morning, we gather to worship God using the traditional language version of the Holy Eucharist (Rite I). You will hear readings from Holy Scripture and a sermon. We offer our prayers and come to the altar to receive Holy Communion. Very occasionally, we may listen to musical offerings on the organ, harp or piano or even sing a hymn. However, on most Sundays there is no music at this hour and that makes this a shorter service than the one that follows. If quietness and calm are important to you in worship, this service could be for you.
At 10:30, you will participate in the beauty of Anglican worship full tilt. Processions with our young acolytes bearing the symbols of our faith, glorious music, featuring the St. Paul’s Choir, Children’s Choirs and Bell Choir, traditional and modern hymns that you will enjoy singing, and the contemporary language version of the Holy Eucharist (Rite II). Before and after worship, as well as during Communion, our healing intercessors await anyone who would like to receive prayers in the chapel transept. If lively, joyful worship following the Book of Common Prayer and alternative forms of the Holy Eucharist nourishes your soul (and you like to sleep in on Sunday mornings), join us for this service.
Wednesday mornings at 11:00 am we gather in the chapel transept of the church for a brief service of Holy Communion and healing service. Chairs face the chapel altar, cross and beautiful icons, looking out through the clear-glass windows to the beauty of God’s world. Prayers for healing are offered along with the opportunity for individuals to receive the laying on of hands and anointing with healing oil by the priest. (This service is offered from mid-August through June.)
From time to time during the church year, our choir sings the service of Evensong on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. Some people have fallen in love with the Anglican tradition through an experience of this service at cathedrals in London or Canterbury, New York or San Francisco. We have the opportunity here in Newnan, Georgia to experience the same. Watch the Lamp (our weekly parish e-newsletter) or website for the occasions when the St. Paul’s Choir will be singing Evensong. It’s another way to experience the wonder and mystery of God, in late afternoon light in our beautiful church.
Other services that follow the course of the church year:
Advent Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter. We celebrate the Feast of St. Francis on the Sunday closest to his feast day, October 4th, with an outdoor Blessing of the Animals.
In the early winter, we join our sisters and brothers from Newnan Presbyterian Church and Central Baptist Church for the Annual Preaching Series. For 25 years, this series has brought some of the finest preachers in the world to Newnan for a Sunday of great preaching and worship. Each year in late January/early February, our three churches suspend other worship offerings in order to join together for three services, one at each of our parishes. The guest preacher preaches three different sermons, each within the context of worship of the Presbyterian, Baptist and Episcopal traditions. Food and fellowship follow each of the services. Many people treat this as sort of an old-fashioned revival Sunday and really do go to church three times in one day in order to hear three inspiring and often challenging sermons by some of the best-known preachers of our time. Previous preachers include: Fred Craddock, Walter Brueggemann, Barbara Brown Taylor, Tom Long, Will Willimon and Joanna Adams.
Our guest preacher in January 2016 will be none other than our own Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rob Wright.
During the season of Lent, we join with 6 other Newnan churches for Lenten Worship and Lunch at noon on Wednesdays. Each Wednesday during Lent, we worship at a different church with a ½ hour service featuring a brief sermon from one of the pastors. Lunch follows as Christians from a variety of denominations including Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist, gather for worship.