Worship at Saint Ben's
Everyone is welcome to worship at St Benedict's.
Sunday 8 – 8:50 am Eucharist*
This quiet, informal service includes time for silent reflection on the Bible Readings. Instead of a sermon, we share together our questions and insights about the readings. There are no hymns and the prayers use contemporary language. There is no 8 am service on the first Sunday of each month.
Sunday 10:30 – 11:45 am Eucharist*
Our main service includes hymns, Bible readings, a short sermon, traditional prayers and communion. It is followed by a time of informal conversation over refreshments and, on the first Sunday of each month, by a potluck lunch.
some Sunday evenings at 7 pm - Taizé Service
In 2013 we experimented with a couple of Taizé services on a Sunday evening, held jointly with Trinity United Methodist Church, and we are continuing in 2014. The Taizé community is an ecumenical community of brothers in France which was founded with a mission of reconciliation between people – initially between France and Germany. It has developed a special ministry to young people, and the chants that we use were developed to provide a simple but profound worship experience which people of many different languages, nationalities and faith backgrounds could share. The result is a haunting service of chanting, quiet, prayer and reflection. The next Taizé service will be May 18 at St Ben's.
Monday 3:30 – 4:30 pm Centering Prayer
Join us for an hour of Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation.
Tuesday 5:30 – 6:10 pm Vespers
From the ancient monastic tradition comes this service of the ‘vesper light’ or twilight. We use a simple form of prayer created by the Iona community and share our thoughts on the Bible reading of the day and how God is speaking to us through it.
On most Tuesdays the vespers service is followed by a simple pot-luck supper. This supper is often followed by a study group from 7:15 to 8:30. Visitors are very welcome not only at the vespers service but also at the supper and study group. See the Hollister Institute web page for information about current and planned study-group topics.
Monthly Mid-week Eucharist, usually the first Wednesday, 11:00 am
This is held at the home of of a parishioner in San Luis Obispo, and is usually followed by potluck and conversation. Check our monthly calendar for details.
second Saturday of the month, Eucharist and Soup Supper, 5:30 pm
You can have a guilt-free Sunday morning to go hiking or surfing, do your laundry or just hang out. That’s because we now have Evening Worship on Saturdays on the second Saturday of each month, with music and using varying liturgies, followed by a simple soup supper.
* Eucharist is a traditional term for holy communion. It comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving and helps us to remember that this is a joyful service of thanksgiving to the Creator.