320 E College Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 Sunday Worship, 7:45am, 9:00am, 11:00am

Service Participation

The congregation participates in the services using The Book of Common Prayer [BCP] (the red book), The Hymnal 1982 (the blue book) and Wonder, Love, and Praise (the green book)  at the Sunday services. The numbers for hymns and songs are listed in the Sunday bulletin and also posted at the front of the nave on the hymn boards. Service Music is the term used for musical settings from the BCP and other liturgical sources. The numbers which refer to items in this portion of the The Hymnal 1982 are preceded by the letter “S”.


Children of all ages are welcome at all services. By virtue of their Baptism, children are part of the Body of Christ. As full members of our congregation, they are welcome to worship and to receive the sacrament of Communion. Quiet Activity Bags containing coloring books, crayons, and a children’s guide to our worship are available by the doors to the nave. At the 9:00 am service during the school year, there is a Children’s Chapel service for all children who would like to attend.  Children wishing to attend follow the leader out after the Gospel lesson, and return to their parents in the nave at the Peace.

If you prefer that your children not receive Communion, they may still come forward and receive a blessing. They should cross their arms to show that they will not be receiving Communion


The nursery provides for the care and nurture of children ages 0-4 during Sunday morning activities and other special times. The nursery is open each Sunday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or at other designated times for special services. Click here to learn more.

Liturgical Ministers

Liturigical ministers are those members who have been trained to assist the priest during the service. Listed below are the various duties assigned to lay members. If you are interested in volunteering in one of these areas, please talk with one of our priests.

  • Altar Guild – Directed by the clergy, members of the Altar Guild care for the Altar vessels and linens and prepare the Altar and the Eucharistic Elements for each service.
  • Acolytes – Acolytes assist the priest during the services. Some of the acolyte’s duties are to carry the candles during the service, hand the elements to the priest during the preparation of the Eucharist,ring the bell during Eucharist or serve as Children’s Chapel Crucifer. Adults and children participate in this ministry.
  • Chalice Bearers serve the wine to the members of the congregation during Eucharist.
  • Crucifers carry the cross during the service.
  • Healing Ministers – Lay Ministers offer laying on of hands for healing during Sunday Eucharists in the Mary Magdalen alcove in the Church’s sanctuary.
  • Lay Eucharist Visitors (LEV) are trained by the clergy and sent out from one of the Sunday morning services to take consecrated bread and wine to those who are unable to come to church.
  • Readers – Lectors and Intercessors enhance worship by reading Bible lessons or leading the Prayers of the People during Sunday and weekday Eucharists.
  • Thurifers carry the incense when it is used during worship.
  • Vergers lead the procession and recession of the priests and other worship leaders at the beginning and end of the service.