Sunday Worship is at 9:30 a.m.,
and special Holy Day services as announced
The Daily Office
Haha, no, it’s not your daily slog to work. Office, from Latin officium, basically means duty. In the Church, the daily duty of us all is to pray. So what we call the Daily Office is that round of prayer-offerings that punctuate the day… every day. The Psalmist said, “Seven times a day do I praise you because of your righteous judgments” (Psalm 119:164). So since seven is the biblical number of completion/perfection (see biblical numerology), ancient monastic communities developed the practice of gathering in for prayer seven times a day. But we secular Christians (= we who aren’t monks) have a different lifestyle. So the Book of Common Prayer provides four daily opportunities for prayer, inviting us to use any or all of them as we can work them into our days (clergy are expected to pray Morning and Evening Prayer at least).
So here are some links, if you’re interested, to more on praying daily with the Church:
- The actual Daily Office – In the drop-down menu under DAILY OFFICES, click the top one- TODAY’S OFFICE- and it will take you directly to the appropriate service for the time of day. Since we think you should dive right in, we recommend doing this. That menu also lists all the daily prayer offices.
- The Daily Office Tutorial – A how-to, just as the name implies
- RCL Daily Readings – a schedule of Bible readings is called a lectionary. We follow the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) on Sundays and other Holy Days. RCL Daily Readings is not the same as the one included in the Daily Office linked above. The purpose of this one is to aid our understanding of the readings on Sunday, which is the Church’s principal day of worship. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday readings look forward to the coming Sunday, and the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday readings reflect back on the previous Sunday. If you like that idea, you can always open two pages on your device and read these ones instead of the ones included in the Daily Office. When you click on any of the Sunday readings links on this page, you’ll stay on the same website. But clicking any of the weekday readings links will take you to Bible Gateway where you can choose which translation of the Bible to read from. On the BG page you can also subscribe to receive the RCL Daily Readings in your inbox. So that’s a good thing, right?
- And if all this has got you more confused than enlightened, just contact us
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It’s still Easter!!!
That’s right. Easter isn’t just a one-day celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, it’s a whole season, which we usually call Eastertide. In one of the Church’s great Easter hymns, St John of Damascus (8th century) called Easter Day “the day of splendor,” and Eastertide “the Queen of Seasons” and “the royal feast of feasts.” And since the resurrection of Jesus is the crown of our faith, we just can’t confine its celebration to just one day!
So we carry it on for fifty days, singing Easter hymns every Sunday and reading in the Scriptures about how the Apostles proclaimed the Easter faith everywhere they went, and refused to stop even in the face of the harshest opposition. Eastertide includes the celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven forty days after rising from the dead, and end on the Day of Pentecost as we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit to fill the Church and empower her to proclaim this greatest of Good News.
We’d love for you to join us any time during this celebration (Sundays at 9:30 am), or to find a welcoming church anywhere to hear the Good News of Christ crucified, risen, ascended and glorified.
We are a family-friendly mission church in the Metro East area of Southern Illinois and close to Scott Air Force Base.
We are active in many local outreach programs including Feed My Lambs, the O’Fallon Food Pantry, and Convoy of Hope. We have active education programs for youth and adults.
We are led in worship by Fr. Ian Wetmore.