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Worship & Music

 

“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth come before him.”  - Psalm 96:9

 Many have found Ware Church to be a place of refreshment and peace. One can walk about the grounds, attend a service, or sit quietly in the presence of our Lord. Here one can celebrate the created, find new life that has been redeemed and the power to sustain it. Here is a place set apart for worship, praise and prayer. Here is a place for life’s important celebrations and events. Here is a place that the Lord can be discovered and experienced. Here is a place for family and friends gathered together for celebration and joy.

A Rich Tradition
A rich tradition of worship and music has been part of this congregation for generations. References to a boys’ choir, children’s and adult choirs are easily found in the church’s records. Almost all of the Anglican Books of Common Prayer have been used at Ware until replaced by later editions. The traditional language of these earlier books has given way to the use of the variety and diversity of the present Book of Common Prayer. Sunday Services include a quiet celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 8:30, and at 10:30, a celebration of the Holy Eucharist with one or more of the choirs. On fifth Sundays Ware honors the tradition of Daily Morning Prayer and Sermon. This service was included in the earliest Prayer Books and was intended for use during the week while the service of Holy Communion also known as the Mass, the Divine Liturgy or the Holy Eucharist was intended for Sunday worship.

During the seasons of the Church year these services draw from the Great Litany and portions of the Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter liturgies. Special services include: Lessons and Carols at Christmas, the Christmas Pageant, the children’s summer camp music program and the commissioning of Christian Education teachers and the Vestry and other special events.

The Leaders of Prayer and Worship
The worship life of Ware Church is complemented and made richer by dozens of people who take an active role on Sundays. It begins with the Chancel Guild who prepares the Altar for worship by arranging flowers, setting out linens and the communion silver. The ushers welcome people to the services. The acolytes carry the processional cross and candles and then assist with Baptisms and the Holy Eucharist. The lectors read the Old and New Testament lessons. A group of Lay Eucharistic Ministers reads the Prayers of the People and administers the Chalice to the congregation. At the close of the service, the greeters speak to everyone, especially visitors, and invite them to coffee hour. There is always an invitation for everyone to join these groups.

Occasional Services at Ware
The Services of Holy Baptism, Confirmation, The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage and The Burial of the Dead are celebrated as the need arises. Infant and adult Baptisms take place during the 10:30 service. Preparation with the clergy is scheduled for teaching about the meaning of the service for parents and sponsors. Confirmation is part of the Bishop of Virginia’s annual visit and classes are organized in preparation for the visit.  Weddings in the Episcopal Church require premarital conferences with the clergy, and the church should be notified of intended nuptials as soon as possible. Funerals are set keeping in mind the needs of the family and availability of the clergy and assisting funeral homes.

The Prayer Group
A special ministry of Ware is the Prayer Group. A dedicated core of people gathers monthly to pray for those in need of healing, those who are celebrating their blessings, those who care for others and those who have departed this life. They are as close as a phone call to the church office or an email so one will always know he or she is not alone, but is being surrounded and remembered in prayer. Please email us at office@warechurch.org to let us know of your prayer need.