What to Expect at a Service
We’ve resumed in-person services! We hope to see you on Sunday morning. We are still live-streaming our services to Facebook and archiving our recordings on YouTube. After services, we gather on Zoom to chat for coffee hour.
Like all Episcopal churches, our worship is liturgical, meaning we follow the ancient ritual patterns of the early church, as they have come down to us in the Anglican tradition. Our clergy vest in traditional vestments, our choir in cassock and surplice, and there is a solemnity and order to our service, but we wear our formality lightly. We’ve worked hard to incorporate this tradition into our online services, filmed inside our beautiful church in downtown Palo Alto.
At All Saints’ we enjoy welcoming visitors and newcomers: whether you’re just passing through or looking for a church home, we are honored by your presence. Everyone who desires to draw near to Christ is welcome to receive Communion at All Saints’.
Our Sunday liturgy comprises both Scripture and Eucharist, or Holy Communion. We follow the liturgical framework of the Book of Common Prayer, while often drawing on treasures from the wider Anglican world. We find ourselves refreshed and enriched by seasonal variation. Our congregation is comprised of members from different church backgrounds and religious traditions, and we seek to embrace and celebrate our common life in ways that speak to all.
Our service booklets are designed to make it easy for everyone to follow and fully participate in the service as each is comfortable.
- The 8am Eucharist is a small, quiet gathering, simpler than the later service: we sing fewer hymns and employ shorter texts.
- The 10am Eucharist suits a musical parish that loves to sing! We sing hymns and service music, enhanced by our adult choir and, occasionally, by our children’s choir and instrumentalists from among our congregation.
- The 9:30am Summer Eucharist gives us an opportunity to worship as one community and together sample liturgies from other Anglican churches around the world.