Worship

Worship with us!

Worship is the center of our church family’s life, and it may be the thing Episcopalians do best. In our preaching, we wrestle with Scripture and take seriously how it applies to your life. In our music, we offer some of Kansas City’s finest choral sounds. Church members serve in all sorts of roles – reading Scripture, sharing bread and wine, helping at the altar, offering prayers, and welcoming everyone.
 

Which service is right for you?

Sunday at 8 a.m.
For those who find spiritual comfort and strength in centuries-old traditional worship, our early-morning service with Elizabethan language and time-honored hymns is the perfect way to start your Sabbath.

Sunday at 10:15 a.m.
This service is our largest. You’ll enjoy greater energy, a full choir, and a mix of old and new. This service is also when we offer Children’s Chapel, during the first half of worship (the kids join their parents for Communion).

Sunday at 10:15 a.m. at HJ’s – Java and Jesus
Our 10:15 a.m. service will be livestreamed at HJ’s Youth and Community Center for a more relaxed worship atmosphere, complete with a play area for kids, coffee and pastry, and the consecrated bread and wine of Holy Communion. Feel free to come in your tennis shoes, baseball caps, or gardening clothes.

Friday at Noon
Our Friday Holy Communion is in our chapel, offering a breath of fresh air in your busy day – and you’ll be back to work in an hour!

First Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.
Our Choral Evensong is a moving experience including Scripture readings, psalms, canticles, and prayers. As Evensong was offered over the centuries, composers created beautiful settings of the prayers and canticles, as well as writing anthems for these worship experiences. The ancient rhythms of this service take us out of our day-to-day stresses and worries, freeing us to hear the voice of God.

Third Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.
These events combine worship, fellowship, and fun as we pray, sing, and celebrate our common life! Examples include Octoberfest with brats and beer, our veterans’ celebration in November, and December’s offering of A Christmas Carol with music from pianist and composer Mark Hayes.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 9:15 a.m.
Morning Prayer at HJ’s Youth and Community Center.
 

Holy Week and Easter at St. Andrew’s

Get ready for the most significant and moving week of the year – Holy Week, as we live Jesus’ journey from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem as king, to the tragedy of betrayal and crucifixion, to the promise of resurrection for us all. You may just find that it takes you on the ride of your life … and death … and life again.

April 5: Palm Sunday (the Sunday of the Passion)
On Palm Sunday, the crowds in Jerusalem welcomed Jesus as their messiah, the one sent to free them from bondage and oppression. Over the next few days, it became clear that Jesus posed a serious threat to the Jewish and Roman authorities. Only days after his entry into Jerusalem, Jesus would be betrayed, tortured, and hung to die a traitor’s death. Our commemoration of Palm Sunday begins in the joy of triumphal procession but quickly stops short at the foot of the cross, where we remember the painful cost of new life. Begin your Holy Week pilgrimage with Palm Sunday worship at 8 a.m. (beginning under the porte-cochere) or 10:15 a.m. (beginning in the HJ’s parking lot.) In the case of inclement weather, the Palm Sunday processions will begin in the Jewell Room.

April 6-8: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week
Continue your Holy Week journey with Eucharist in the chapel Monday through Wednesday, April 6 – April 8. The service begins at noon and concludes about 12:45 p.m.

April 9: The Maundy Thursday Agapé
The Agapé is an ancient feast of love. Ours is a reception-style communal meal featuring special finger-foods from the Holy Land in preparation for Maundy Thursday’s worship. Come share this tradition beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until just before the Maundy Thursday liturgy. In fact, we’ll move the party from the Jewell Room directly into the church for worship.

April 9: Maundy Thursday Eucharist
The Maundy Thursday Eucharist, beginning at 7 p.m., commemorates the Last Supper. We remember Jesus taking the bread and wine, declaring them to be his Body and Blood, and giving himself to his disciples. As he washed the feet of the disciples before dinner, so we will wash each other’s feet during worship. Doing so, we live out Jesus’ commandment to love through service to others.

April 9-10: Maundy Thursday All-Night Watch and Prayer Vigil
Following the Maundy Thursday Eucharist, you’re invited to “watch and pray” during an all-night vigil. It begins when our worship ends and concludes with the noon service of Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. The vigil is a powerful time for prayer and devotion. Each person remains in the chapel for about an hour, keeping watch and meditating until the next person arrives. It’s our response to Jesus’ question to the sleeping disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Could you not stay awake one hour? Watch and pray…” (Mark 14:38). A security guard will be posted at the church door throughout the night. Look for the Maundy Thursday prayer vigil sign-up board in the church’s entryway.

April 10: Good Friday
At noon on Good Friday, we’ll gather in the church to walk the Stations of the Cross. Walking the stations is an opportunity to meditate on our Lord’s suffering as we symbolically follow in his footsteps along Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow. At stations marked by shadow boxes, we remember the 14 most significant events of Jesus’ journey, beginning in the chapel with the judgment by Pontius Pilate, continuing along the side aisles around the nave, and concluding in the columbarium with Jesus’ death and burial. Within each box hangs a photographic interpretation of the event that station represents.

Then, at 7 p.m., we’ll mark the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday. This service is like no other – a time to put ourselves face to face with the cross, the instrument of bloody death and ultimate salvation, and contemplate the deep mystery of God’s own sacrifice for us. No Eucharist may be celebrated on this day of our Lord’s death, but we will receive Communion from the Reserved Sacrament – the Body and Blood of Christ consecrated at our Maundy Thursday celebration the night before.

April 11: Holy Saturday Prayers
At 9 a.m. Saturday, April 11, we’ll observe the ancient tradition of prayers for Holy Saturday, the day our Lord’s body lay in the tomb and his followers mourned what they thought was the end of hope and promise. This very brief service in the chancel (where the choir sits) includes just a few readings and prayers. (After this service, the church will be prepared for Easter.)

April 11: Easter Vigil
As the sun sets, join us to celebrate Christ’s journey from death to resurrection with the Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. This is Christianity’s most ancient worship, and its power to tell the story of our faith is still astounding. We begin outside in the half-light, under the porte-cochere, kindling a new fire to symbolize how even the evil of the cross can’t extinguish God’s light; and from this fire, we light the Paschal candle. The congregation then follows this holy light into the darkened church, after which a series of Old Testament readings tells the story of salvation from creation through the prophets. Then we baptize new Christians and reaffirm our baptismal vows, remembering our own passage from death to life in Christ. The congregation sits in darkened silence for a few minutes until a noise breaks through (symbolizing the earthquake that opened the tomb) and the lights come on, revealing the altar and cross adorned in flowers! Suddenly, it’s Easter, and God’s light and life have once again conquered the power of sin and death. From there, the celebration continues with the first Eucharist of Easter. The Vigil is a powerful experience, one that helps us understand the fullness of the message we proclaim in the classic hymn: “The strife is o’er, the battle done; the victory of life is won!”

April 12: Easter Day
At 8 and 10:15 a.m. on Easter Sunday, we’ll welcome this happy morning with our Festival Eucharists of Easter, complete with a brass ensemble and an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 9:30 a.m. The “alleluias” will return as we celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection and the joy of our own new lives – sacraments of resurrection foreshadowing the eternal life Jesus has won for us.

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