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WingedPig Thu 30-Jan-14 18:37:31

I'm Anglo Catholic, this is how we do it:

We have an entrance hymn while the choir, servers and deacons walk down the aisle.
We then do some call & response with the priest
We then confess our sins
Then we sing Kyrie/Christe Elesion
The Priest then speaks & we respond
We then sing Gloria in Excelsis Deo
We pray
Liturgy of the word -
Old Testament reading
The Espistle
The Gospel (with incense, read in the centre of the aisle
The sermon
The Nicene creed
Liturgy of the sacraments -
The peace
The Eucharist prayer (call & response, sung)
The Lord's Prayer (sung)
The breaking of the bread
Agnus Dei (sung)
The Communion
Final Hymn

WingedPig Thu 30-Jan-14 19:00:36

Anyone? I'm curious, doesn't have to be a Christian service!

atthestrokeoftwelve Thu 30-Jan-14 21:50:57

Wow- how long does that last? So much going on.
I'm a witch, but most of my rituals and intentions take less than 15 minutes.

stressedHEmum Thu 30-Jan-14 23:18:16

So, I'm Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) and our service typically follows this pattern

intimations (read by Session Clerk)
introit (couple of verses of a hymn sung by the choir)
call to worship
children's address
children's prayer and Lord's prayer
children's hymn, then the kids leave for Sunday School
prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, confession and supplication (essentially prayers for ourselves)
Reading (usually OT)
Reading (NT)
prayer of intercession
benediction and 3 fold Amen
sung blessing as the Word is taken out
If the service lasts more than 1hr exactly folk begin to complain

When we have Communion (4 Sundays a year), there is no children's address, prayer or hymn, so it doesn't take any longer

Basically it's a hymn sandwich..

plutarch14 Thu 30-Jan-14 23:20:48

Same is you OP - am AC too

Takes about 1 hr 15, attthestroke

BackforGood Thu 30-Jan-14 23:30:55

I'm Methodist.
Our services vary as we have different people taking them, not our own minister each week.
Generally take an hour.
In our church (but isn't the same in all methodist chuches) we haven't got a choir at the moment.
Everyone is seated, minister or local preacher comes in with a steward from the Church who welcomes everyone (including the preacher) and gives any notices that might be needed, then the first 20mins or so (while the children are still in) usually have 2 hymns, a 'children's address', some prayers and a bible reading - some preachers have the collection here, some have it later.
After about 20mins the dc go out and in the remaining 40mins we'll have another 3 hymns, another reading, the sermon and some time in prayer.

When we have communion (usually once a month) then the rest of the service is a bit more compact, and the communion litergy and takng of the bread and wine tends to be towards the end of the service.

Things may be different if it is a (Uniformed Orgs) Church parade or if there is a Christening, etc.

Very flexible, us. smile

Jaynebxl Thu 30-Jan-14 23:39:49

I go to a mildly charismatic evangelical church these days. We start with one person up the front reading the next psalm in the book of psalms as a call to worship and maybe saying a sentence or two about it. Then we have a time of worship involving mostly singing but sometimes people go up the front and read something from the Bible or pray. This lasts about half an hour. Then we have a slot where sometimes we have intercession, sometimes communion, sometimes a focus on mission or something, and finally a sermon for about 25 to 30 min. At the end someone gives any notices and invites anyone who wants to to come and get someone to pray for them then we all go off and have coffee for an hour or so. That's it really.

flagnogbagnog Thu 30-Jan-14 23:40:08

We have a strict one hour service, 15 mins of coffee/chat/fellowship. 15 mins of prayer/worship. Kids go out to Sunday school. 15 mins of discussion where we are split into small groups and have two questions to talk about. And then 15 minute sermon.

We have lovely nice leather sofas and tub chairs too.

Isabeller Thu 30-Jan-14 23:45:17

I am a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends).

Meeting for Worship usually lasts an hour. It is difficult to describe... smile

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confused flowers smile
. smile blush

At the start we gather together, there might be some flowers on the table.

We sit in silence

. smile angry
smile flowers smile
. smile grin

Someone might be moved to speak

. grin confused
smile flowers shock***...
. hmm smile

We don't have any wine but at the end on the meeting we all shake hands

...** **?......
****!smile brew shock***smile
**? flowers brew biscuitsmile
****smile grin brew

and talk a lot!

BackforGood Thu 30-Jan-14 23:49:27

I've never been to a Quaker meeting, but following that description, I'm very tempted to go along smile

Aelfwyn Thu 30-Jan-14 23:59:11

Isabeller, love your pictograms, v appropriate for the silence too! smile

I converted from Episcopalianism to Catholicism just over a year ago. Our service is exactly like yours sounds, OP, except we never have incense in my parish church, only in the big cathedrals. In fact one thing that surprised me about Catholic worship is that it seems really 'low' church compared to a lot of Anglican churches! Our priest is determinedly post-Vatican II.

Forgive my ignorance, WingedPig, but I am genuinely not quite clear about what Anglo-Catholicism is. I think of it as very high-church Anglicanism (i.e. the Abp of Canterbury, not the Pope, is head of the church) rather than Anglicised Catholicism (which would mean believing in the Real Presence in the Eucharist). Is that correct?

Isabeller Fri 31-Jan-14 00:04:53


nickelbabe Fri 31-Jan-14 00:10:53

church of england here.

first hymn, choir process led by cross and two acolytes.
vicar follows.
introductory prayer thing (bidding prayer?)
gloria (sung)
first reading
hymnn(choir moves into main body of church during this)
gospel (with sung intro and finish)
peace (lots of shaking hands)
3rd hymn
eucharist - with syng setting for sanctus and benedictus
vicar and servers move to high altar for dishing out the bread and wine, choir sings agnus dei.
choir get communionnthen sing anthem/s
thankbyou prayer
final hymn - choir recess
organ voluntary
tea coffee and biscuits.

nickelbabe Fri 31-Jan-14 00:11:34

oh, we sing kyries instead of gloria during lent and advent

nickelbabe Fri 31-Jan-14 00:14:17

aelfwyn you're right - it's "high church" anglican.

1944girl Fri 31-Jan-14 00:51:51

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Aelfwyn Fri 31-Jan-14 12:07:38

Hope some more people add to this thread eventually, as I'm interested too in how others worship. I grew up in SE Asia and witnessed Hindu processions of ash-covered penitents stuck with spikes (scary), got woken up by the call of the muezzin every morning, and was invited to Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist weddings. It was a very rich culture to grow up in.

My parents were Anglicans who became regular members of the Kirk (Presbyterian) once we moved back to Scotland. I was brought up as episcopalian (Scottish version of Anglicanism) but regularly attended the Kirk. At university I tried out other traditions: the baptists (v friendly but I came over all self-conscious), the wee frees (Free Kirk of Scotland - sober, reserved and felt to me too much like a business meeting rather than an act of worship), the Quakers (I longed to feel at home with them, but I missed the structure of the Anglican tradition). The one church I don't think I ever visited was the High Anglican one, which I knew irreverently as 'Smells and Bells'! grin

For a while I wasn't really anything, just a sort-of Anglican with lots of atheist friends, but I prayed like mad that God would send me a husband with a stronger faith than my own. So he sent me a Catholic. grin And after 14 years of regularly attending mass, arguing about theology and bringing our children up in the faith, I finally saw the light (!) and converted.

Our priest always says that there are many ways to God. You don't have to be RC, you don't even have to be Christian. (Which if you think about it is quite something for a Catholic priest to tell his flock.) In the end perhaps all of those who are searching, are searching for the same thing: we just come at it from different directions. Peace!

Fugacity Fri 31-Jan-14 22:54:56

We have a welcome message followed by 2-3 songs. Then we have the confession and creed, another song, then the readings. Another song, the the sermon (25 minutes), another song, then intercessions. We end with a final song, offertory and blessing.

When we celebrated the Lord's Supper, we have the Peace after the intercessions, prayer of humble access, distribution, post communion prayer, followed by the final hymn and blessing.

This is evangelical Anglican.

Fugacity Fri 31-Jan-14 22:56:58

Our services are 1h30.

crescentmoon Fri 31-Jan-14 23:03:36

i really like isabellers post too.i reckon thats probably the ratio of expressions across faces during any types of religious services not just the Quakers!

crescentmoon Fri 31-Jan-14 23:40:00

as the standard muslim friday service, across any muslim denomination - sunni/shia etc is:
a sermon by the imam,
then the congregational midday prayer (shortened to 2 units on a friday because of the sermon.)

different mosques have different lengths of sermons but usually 20mins-40 mins, that often includes an english translation also before the official sermon begins for non arabic/urdu/bengali speakers (depending on demographics of the mosque attendees). but the friday service here in the uk is usually timed to be 1 hour tops so that people can fit it into their lunchbreak and head off back to work. in countries where friday is a day off the friday service can be longer only as longer chapters of the Quran can then be recited during the prayer.

so the last one i went to was:

10 mins sermon in english, (something becoming much more standard across UK mosques over the last few years thankfully!),
then the same sermon in arabic,
then 2 rakah/unit long congregational prayer - always in arabic everywhere

very rare to have singing in a mosque on friday or otherwise by convention. if any kind of voices together it is the rythmic chanting of the names of God, or maybe a prayer, or reciting the Quran in unison. but even that depends on the denomination of the mosque itself. musical accompaniment in a mosque is even rarer. we have religious songs and music for other places but unless with a childrens evening/weekend class in a mosque you wont really hear that. the closest we have to a hymn sandwich is the formula for the unit of prayer maybe? hope that helps OP. i would also be interested in the order of other religious services.

cheapskatemum Mon 03-Feb-14 23:21:36

I am a member of a charismatic Baptist church. We start with notices & sing to anyone who has a birthday in the coming week. We then sing 3, 4 or 5 worship songs/hymns. The collection is taken during the 2nd one. Then we usually pray - open prayer, but with a focus eg giving thanks, local needs, international concerns. 2 more worship songs. Once a month (1st Sunday) we have communion. Children go out to Sunday School. The sermon - around 20 mins. Sometimes a testimony, a final worship song. We all say the Grace to one another, then tea, coffee, juice, cake & biscuits, chat. Lasts about an hour & half, then go home
Jaynebxl - what's a mildly charismatic church? do you believe in some, not all of the spiritual gifts? Or do you feel it's a half-hearted belief in spiritual gifts? I'm genuinely interested, please forgive me if I've misunderstood your phrase.

TeacupDrama Sat 08-Feb-14 15:40:41

evangelical baptist

opening hymn,
short prayer
another hymn or chorus
short talk maybe on mothers day, missionary, last sunday it was about tearfund in Syria ( if there was a baptism or blessing or new baby it would be here)
another song
bible reading
song children go to sunday school
maybe hymn or another prayer
communion would follow once a month makes service 20 minutes longer)
tea and coffee ( about every 6 weeks church lunch something simple like hotdogs then coffee with biscuits or soup and desserts)

wangle99 Sat 08-Feb-14 20:44:47

This is very interesting, I hope more people post smile

I have recently joined a 'Fresh Expression' of the Church of England. It is held in a village hall and is very family friendly. It is 2 hours long (10-12). We start by having breakfast! Bacon sandwiches, pastries, tea and coffee. Just after 10am we start by singing and then there is a children's talk. We sing some more. The children then take part in a colouring competition (in the same room) whilst the adult's have their talk then more singing!

I am so glad I have found them smile

specialsubject Sun 09-Feb-14 11:14:44

Orthodox Jewish Saturday morning service is about 3 hours.

unsurprisingly I am now an atheist!

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