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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And here’s what it’s all about
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which, this year, is February 14th…
Ding! Ding! Ding! Conflict!!!
But that’s Valentine’s Day! How to we do both of those?
Simple: Take your sweetheart out on Tuesday, the 13th, for a nice pancake supper at a church near you! Then you can devote the next day to fasting and prayer.
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.