What to expect at a service
We hope to see you on Sunday morning at 10am at 555 Waverley Avenue in Palo Alto California. We are also live-streaming our services to Facebook and live streaming/archiving our recordings on YouTube. After service we gather for coffee hour on our Labyrinth courtyard or in the parish hall during cooler weather.
Episcopal worship is “liturgical”. This is an ancient pattern of worship that goes back to the earliest centuries of the church and that we share with other Anglican churches in the world and indeed with similarities to other churches worldwide that are in the liturgical tradition. Our presiding bishop, Michael Curry, likes to say that we are “… the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.” Our clergy vest in traditional vestments, our choir in cassock and surplice, though we wear that formality lightly. We create a place for children in our worship and intersperse contemporary music accompanied on the guitar with the highest and grandest music played on our magnificent pipe organ by our music director, Cyril Deaconoff. As Episcopalian Robin Williams described us: “all of the pageantry, none of the guilt.”
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..
Service Bulletins: For the upcoming services and past Sundays.
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.