Worship and Liturgy

The worship of God is at the very heart of our life together as a Church community. We offer a myriad of worship opportunities for all ages throughout the entire week (Click here to view our worship service schedule). Our worship life centers on the celebration of the Eucharist.

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Our liturgical style would be considered within the broad mainstream of the Episcopal Church. Both celebrations of the Eucharist each Sunday use Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer. The earlier service is spoken and the eleven o’clock service is celebrated year-round with music led by our choir of professional and volunteer singers.

 

In 2009, we added a monthly “Joyful Noise” service specially adapted for families to worship together.

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This is an abbreviated Eucharist with contemporary songs and choruses. Many of our families value these services and other opportunities for children to be involved in church activities, because they make them feel that they are a genuine part of the church community.

 

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We seek to have full participation of the community in our worship. Service music and psalm settings are sung by the congregation. We print the entire order of service each week to make our liturgies accessible to our visitors and provide for a sense of inclusion. Lay members of the congregation serve as choir members, readers, acolytes, ushers, greeters, and offer prayers for healing at the altar.

 

 

 

 

 

At Christmas, choral services are offered at four p.m. (a family service including the children’s pageant), eight p.m. (a service of Lessons and Carols with Eucharist) and on Christmas Day. On Palm Sunday, we join with local churches for an ecumenical procession on Rittenhouse Square. During Holy Week, recent practice has included extensive opportunities for worship including daily celebrations of Eucharist at noon, Tenebrae on Wednesday, Eucharist with foot washing on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday services at noon and six p.m. and the brief liturgy for Holy Saturday. Our Easter celebrations begin with the Great Vigil on Saturday evening and culminate in a festival choral Eucharist on Sunday, for which the sanctuary has been transformed with extensive floral arrangements.

 

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Weekday worship includes daily Morning Prayer, weekly spoken Evening Prayer on Wednesdays, and twice-weekly noontime Eucharists, one of which includes special prayers for healing.

 

Since its very beginning, CHT has placed a high value on excellence in preaching. Our clergy prepare sermons grounded in scripture and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Our recent tradition has included diverse perspectives and voices in the pulpit, and we hope to continue this tradition in the future. Above all, we hope for engaging, thoughtful, clear preaching of the gospel that strengthens our faith and inspires our growth as disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Marking life’s major events with ceremonies and celebrations is an important part of the life at CHT. We offer the opportunity to celebrate with those outside our church as a means of hospitality and evangelism.

Please visit these links to learn about important moments people choose to share at CHT:

Baptisms
Weddings
Funerals

 

 

 

CHT Worship and Liturgy Vision of the Future:
● Continued tradition of excellence and diversity in preaching and music
● Continued offering of a full range of worship opportunities throughout the week
● Increasing incorporation of children and youth in worship
● Increasing regular attendance and attendance during Holy Week
● Continue to integrate parishioners in the worship service
● Continued openness to celebrating weddings and baptisms for non-members

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