What to expect on a Sunday morning
At our 8:00am service in the chapel of Columbia Baptist Church, we celebrate communion every Sunday, use a formal liturgy (called Rite 1), sing traditional hymns led by an organist, pray ancient and beautiful prayers of the faith, and hear a short sermon. This service is one hour long.
Our 9:00am service is more on the traditional side, with traditional hymns and anthems led by a choir and organ, but also with contemporary songs led by piano, with occasional band or orchestra. On the first and third Sunday of the month we celebrate communion together, and on the other Sundays we have a service of “morning prayer”, with singing, readings from the Bible, a sermon, and more formal prayers. This service is about 75 minutes long.
The 11:00am service is much more contemporary. The music is led by a worship team (i.e. a band), and features a mixture of hymns and more modern songs. On the first Sunday of the month we celebrate communion together, and on the other Sundays we follow the “morning prayer” format with an extended time of opening worship, readings, prayers, and sermon. This service is usually just under 90 minutes long.
The sermon at the 9:00am and 11:00am services is identical.
What should I wear?
At each successive service on Sunday mornings, the attire of the clergy (pastors) gets a bit less formal, and the same could be said about the congregation. You’ll see more men with ties at 8:00am, and you’ll see more people with jeans at 11:00am.