What to expect during our Sunday morning service at 10 a.m.
New Song celebrates a vibrant Holy Eucharist service, rich with prayer, music, modern liturgy rooted in tradition, and joyful participation. Our services are based on the Book of Common Prayer and Enriching Our Worship (a supplement to Episcopal worship).
The following step-by-step descriptions may help you feel comfortable worshiping with us. (You can find additional information at Instructed Eucharist, which is a teaching service with narration that explains the various parts of the liturgy.)
The ushers will hand you our worship booklet. It includes an Order of Service, which will guide you through our worship.
We celebrate the Holy Eucharist, a communion service that places us in direct relationship with Christ and renews our spiritual life.
The first part of our service is centered on the readings of God’s word. We begin with opening sentences, a collect (prayer), readings from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the Epistles of the New Testament, a Gospel reading by the deacon or priest, a sermon, affirmation of faith (the Creed), prayers of the people, confession, and exchange of God’s peace offered to one another by shaking hands or embracing one another.
The second part of the service is centered on the bread and wine at the altar. We offer these gifts and the gifts of our lives, give thanks for them, break the bread, and come to receive communion.
Communion is served in two parts – bread and wine. We serve wine in a common cup (chalice). First, we receive the bread by lifting our hands so that the minister can place the bread in them. When the chalice of wine is offered, please assist by gently holding the base of the cup and guiding it to your lips.
If you prefer not to drink from the cup, you may hold your bread until the chalice minister offers the wine. Simply dip the bread in the chalice. You may choose to take only the bread, and this is perfectly acceptable.
All who seek God are welcome to receive the bread and the wine during the service.
At the time of the offering, members bring forward the bread and wine for our communion, and ushers pass the offering plates to the congregation. Contributions in any amount are always welcome. It is also a time to offer silently to God our joys and our griefs.
Child care is provided every Sunday. All are invited to Community Hour immediately following the worship service.
Other services are scheduled from time to time to observe holy days such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Christmas Eve.
We host an ecumenical Taize service at 5 pm on the first Sunday of the month. It includes meditative chants, singing, readings, and silence.
At New Song, music is an integral part of our services. The emphasis is not on performance, but on worship. The songs we sing on a given Sunday have a close connection with the readings and sermon.
During our services, we sing all sorts of music, not just Episcopal hymns, although we do plenty of those, too. On a typical Sunday morning, we might do an African-American spiritual, a hymn with inclusive language from the hymnal of another denomination, a familiar hymn’s words sung to a Caribbean beat, and a psalm in Anglican chant.
The Church Year
The Church Year is divided into seasons, beginning with Advent and ending with the season of Pentecost.
Advent: This is the season of the church year leading up to Christmas. In this season we wait and watch for Jesus’ birth.
Christmas: During December 25 and the eleven days following, we celebrate Jesus’ presence with us.
Epiphany: Beginning January 6, the season of Epiphany lasts until Lent. In Epiphany we remember the visit of the Magi and the baptism of Jesus, It’s a time of light breaking forth.
Lent: This season of reflection and repentance prepares us for Easter.
Easter: During this season of 50 days we rejoice in the Resurrection.
Pentecost: This is the longest season of the Church year. It begins with the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and may include as many as 28 Sundays.
Worship services in our Iowa City/Coralville community
New Songers conduct Morning Prayer at Lantern Park Nursing & Rehab Center on the third Thursday of the month. Once every three months, Holy Eucharist is celebrated there. (Please consult the New Song calendar for details.)