Several times throughout the year we have special services that celebrate important times of year in our life together as a congregation.
SERVICE OF BLESSING
Every summer, Pilgrims are encouraged to bring water back from our summer travels. In September, during a special service we bless the water and add it to our holy water supply after it is purified. At our Service of Blessing, we also bless children’s backpacks as they head back to school. Finally, we end the service outside blessing bicycles brought to church that day. Water, Backpacks, and Bikes—blessings abound!
ALL SAINTS DAY
On the Sunday closest to November 1st we remember the people of our church who have died that year, and their families. The names are read aloud and a bell is rung as we pause to remember fondly and with thanksgiving the individual and all the saints who have gone before us.
Two or three times a year our Chancel Choir performs more extensive pieces of music in lieu of a sermon, often with vocal soloists and instrumentalists. Sometimes these pieces coincide with Advent and Lent. Past pieces include Rutter’s Te Deum, selections from Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo.