the 9am service
This service aims to meet the description of public worship given in the 1662 Prayer Book Introduction at Morning Prayer as ‘when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul'
‘We assemble and meet together' for worship and have coffee afterwards.
‘To render thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands' using a wide variety of largely traditional hymnody: we pray that different hymns will meet with different people (or better that God will meet with us through them): ‘they speak to us in joy and sorrow, in praise and in penitence, in hope and in faith. Above all, they speak to us in love, speaking the truth in love' (J R Watson in An annotated anthology of hymns). As Calvin said of the Psalms they are ‘the anatomy of all parts of the soul'.
‘To set forth his most worthy praise' through the Prayer Book service (sometimes called Matins or Mattins) with its memorable majestic language. We sing the Prayer Book canticles to Anglican chant but have the readings and Psalm from the NIV for ease of understanding. Each service tends to be in a different season of the church year; this gives a distinctive flavour to each service and draws us back to bless God ‘above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory'.
‘To hear his most holy word': read, said together (in the Psalm), sung (in the Biblical canticles), and expounded in preaching. As in all services in St Silas' the Word is central.
‘To ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul', for the church and for the world, for others and for ourselves, and especially for St Silas' missionaries. Although some of the congregation grew up with this style of worship others have come from different backgrounds but enjoy this service, and everyone is very welcome.