The Liturgy is celebrated by all of us, not just the Priest. The Liturgy begins with a musical voluntary. Talking during this time is not encouraged as it is a time for personal prayer. We stand for hymns, for many prayers, and as the offering is brought forward. We kneel for confession and for private prayer. We stand for the reading of the Gospel and sit during the sermon. We make a sign of the cross as a reminder that we are marked as Christ’s own and share God’s life. The sign is made by touching the forehead, chest, left shoulder, and the right shoulder. It can be made at any point, usually at the beginning and end of worship, at the absolution of our sins and when we are blessed.
Where is Christ Church?
We are a church with a proud history of nearly 65 years located near the heart of Lake Oswego.
We can be found at 1060 Chandler Road at the corner of 10th Street and Chandler Road.
Where Do I Park?
It’s easy and convenient to park for Sunday services. The entrance with handicapped spaces located next to the elevators (on the lower level of the church) is located on 10th Street. If you are coming from Country Club road turn right onto 10th Street; and if you are coming from A Street turn left to continue onto 10th Street to the second parking lot on your right. Handicapped parking is also available at the Chandler Road upper parking deck.
What should I expect when I arrive?
As you enter the doors of Christ Church on a Sunday morning, an usher will greet you and give you a service leaflet prepared for that day. This is your guide to the service. You will note that hymn numbers are listed in the leaflet. The blue books in each pew are the hymnals or songbooks. Our rector often refers to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) which is the red book in the pews. Most of the service, contained in the Book of Common Prayer, has been duplicated in the service leaflet. When you are asked to use the BCP, you will be guided to the page number.
Where should I sit?
Please sit where you feel comfortable. You can enter the pews from the center or side aisles. If you are concerned about where to sit, an usher will be happy to help you find a location.
How long does the service last?
Sunday worship services take place at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The 8:00 a.m. service usually lasts for a little less than an hour. The 10:00 a.m. service generally has a higher attendance and lasts for a little more than an hour. The 5:00 p.m. service embodies the Celtic ceremonial and musical traditions and usually lasts an hour.
How To Take Communion
All persons are invited to the Table at Christ Church. When receiving the Elements, the bread will be placed in your hand. In receiving the chalice, it is helpful to guide it by holding the base. Come forward to the altar rail as the ushers direct you and take the next available place. You may kneel or stand. Receive the Communion bread from the priest in your open right palm. If you choose not to receive the wine, simply cross your arms on your chest after you have received the wafer. You may return to your pew and enter it from the side aisle following your taking of Communion. If it is physically difficult for you to come to the altar rail, please tell an usher and we will bring Communion to you where you are seated.
Receiving a Blessing
If you or your children would like to receive a blessing from the priest at the altar rail,
come forward just as you would to receive Communion and cross your arms over your chest.
Ask your children to do the same.
You are cordially invited to join us following the 8:00 a.m. or the 10:00 a.m. worship service for coffee, refreshments, and fellowship. It’s a great way to meet others and learn about some of our outreach activities. There’s a special table of refreshments for children too. We gather in Centennial Hall on the lower level of the church.
Please feel comfortable asking questions and seeking information. Ushers and Greeters are present on most Sundays to assist. There is also a welcome table in the Narthex (the entryway at the back of the church) where we encourage you to pick up a newcomers brochure full of information.