Special Services

Special Services

In addition to our regular weekend worship schedule, we also observe significant liturgical occasions with special services.

Aloha Sunday

On the Sunday after Labor Day, we bid farewell to the summer and welcome the fall and the beginning of new programs. Following the services, we have a big party with a water slide for the kids, live music, and great food.

 

Animal Blessing

Held early in October on a Sunday afternoon near the Feast Day of St. Francis (October 4th), this service honors all creation. Our beloved pets are welcomed into the sanctuary and blessed in the name of our loving Creator.  A reception follows with live music, grilled hot dogs, and treats for the critters.

 

Kamehameha IV & Emma

Celebrated near the Feast Day of Kamehameha and Emma  (November 28th), this service honors our beloved King and Queen, founders of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii. Hawaiian music and hula enhance the service.

 

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve begins with the children’s Christmas Pageant early in the evening, followed by two festive candlelight services with a holiday reception in between.

 

Jazz Mass

The Jazz Mass is the culmination of the All Angels Jazz Festival, held the first weekend in February. This rousing, inspiring service features a jazz quartet, special musical guests, and the St. Michael’s Choir.

 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a day of penitence, introspection, and fasting.  To mark the beginning of the season of Lent, St. Michael’s offers the Imposition of Ashes with The Litany of Penitence and Holy Communion.

 

Holy Week

Much planning and prayer go into making Holy Week the most sacred liturgical time of the year.

 

Palm / Passion Sunday

A palm procession with chanting, a dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel, and a powerful musical response mark the beginning of Holy Week.

 

Maundy Thursday

A soup supper sets the stage for Jesus’ farewell meal and final act of selfless service.  It is followed by a service which includes foot washing, stripping of the altar, and special music, and ends in darkness and stark silence as Good Friday begins.

 

Good Friday

Performing artists respond to the Crucifixion.  A variety of musical performances interspersed with silence and darkness expresses the power of  Good Friday .

Easter Day

Two festival services celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. We ring bells, shout Alleluia, and joyfully proclaim that Christ is risen. A champagne reception follows. (We are Episcopalians, after all!)  

Pentecost

Observed in late May or early June, the Day of Pentecost celebrates the birthday of the church, our diverse backgrounds, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We favor drumming and dancing and follow it up with a multicultural “Taste of St. Michael’s” potluck luncheon.