Following prayers for the people of the Church and the world we enter into the Liturgy of the Table, in which we participate in the Holy Eucharist, or as it is sometimes called, the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, or the Mass. Consecrated Bread and Wine, "the gifts of God for the people of God" are shared at the Table, or altar, in an act of communion with God and one another. Nearly 80% of the Book of Common Prayer is either quotation from the Bible, or is a paraphrase of the Bible. Add to this the weekly readings from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Epistles, and the Gospels and the sermon, which expounds on a given selection of scripture, and you've got a church rooted in the teachings of Christ and the Bible.
We Worship Liturgically
Each Sunday we participate in the Liturgy of the Word, in which we hear as many as four readings from the Bible, each chosen by the Church to reflect a certain theme or teaching. Then we hear a sermon that interprets the Scripture texts and helps us to apply them to our daily lives. The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed, a summary of our Christian faith which has been in use since the fourth century. Next, we enter into a period of general confession, a corporate statement in which the congregation confess its faults and looks to Jesus for forgiveness.
In the Episcopal Church we follow a "liturgy," which means that the worshippers praise God through standard forms and prayers and readings from Sacred Scripture. We offer God our praise through use of the Book of Common Prayer, the Anglican expression of Christian worship beloved by many through the centuries.