Worship

At All Saints’, we offer many opportunities to worship Almighty God on Sundays and throughout the week.

At the heart of our worship is the Eucharist (a Greek word meaning Thanksgiving).  It is the central act of Christian worship.  When Jesus instituted this act of worship on Maundy Thursday, he gave thanks.  It is the supreme act of Christian celebration and thanksgiving for our salvation through Jesus’ death on the Cross, his resurrection from the dead and his ascension into heaven.  Our time together is centred around the Eucharistic table, the altar.  We are all partakers in the feast.  The Celebrant, standing behind the centre of the altar, draws all the elements of the service together, and offers the Eucharistic prayer on behalf of the people.

Our primary act of worship on Sunday mornings is the Parish Eucharist at 9.30 am, which is a Sung Eucharist with our Director of Music and Choir leading the singing.  Young people are encouraged to attend our crèche, Kingfishers and Heaven Groups during the first half of the Eucharist.  Following the service, there is tea and coffee in the church hall.

It is our hope that people will be built up in the faith through the Parish Eucharist and will be strengthened in their vocation as Christians through the coming week.

There is also an earlier celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday mornings at 8.00 am.  This is a traditional said service, using the form of Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer.  This is a quiet and contemplative service.

On Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am there is a mid-week Eucharist which, once a month, is the Mothers’ Union Corporate Eucharist followed by tea and coffee in our Old Church Nave.

At all our Eucharists, there is a sermon or reflection.

The Church is open from Mondays to Fridays at 9.00 am and Saturdays at 9.30 am for Morning Prayer.  The New Testament leaves us in ‘no doubt that we should pray regularly.  Our Lord taught us by word and example that we should pray continually and never lose heart’ (St Luke Chapter 18 verse 1)  A small number of people join the Vicar for our services of Morning Prayer and it is our aspiration that more people will do so in the future.

Throughout the year there are special services on Sunday evenings, some of which are Choral Evensongs, marking significant events in the Church’s year, such as Harvest, All Saints Day and Candlemas.  Sometimes we hold special services, such as Taizé, Songs of Praise and Healing Services.

The Liturgy daily builds up those who are in the Church, making of them a holy temple of the Lord, a dwelling-place for God in the Spirit (see Ephesians Chapter, 2 verses 21 to 22) to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians Chapter 4 verse 13).  At the same time it marvellously enhances their power of the people to preach Christ and thus show the Church to those who are outside as ‘a sign under which the scattered children of God may be gathered together’ (St John chapter 11 verse 52).

Please join us in our worship!

Brian McHenry
Vicar of All Saints Orpington
February 2013

You can read more about Worship at All Saints’ in the other pages in this section below:

  • Services here
  • Sermons here
  • Baptism here
  • Confirmation here
  • Marriage and weddings here
  • Funerals here
  • Bereavement counselling here
  • Study and prayer groups here – Bible Reading Fellowship here – Bible Study Group here – Julian Group here – Advent and Lent groups here
  • Choir here