Sundays at 10:10 a.m. we draw on the ancient traditions of the Christian Church as well as our congregation’s heritage of living as a community where everyone matters. At St. Cyprian’s we build community through worship and working together. Our 10:10 service includes rites and practices that date back to the earliest days of the Christian Church. We use incense to help draw you into the liturgy, vestments to reflect ancient traditions, art to preach without words, and music to bring people into contact with the divine. Each Sunday we sing gospel hymns, ancient chants, and new music to reflect the day’s scriptures. Our sermons focus on ways you can build a spiritual life here in the Bay Area at the beginning of the 21st century. Some examples of our service books are those found here and here as well as our worship books from The Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Sunday Morning.
Our service draws on St. Cyprian’s roots as the Church for San Francisco’s African American Episcopalians. More than 90 years ago we started as the church where people who weren’t welcome any place else could come and be welcome. Today we apply that same way of life to a spiritual community that includes people of differing races and sexual orientations. Our congregation reflects a rainbow of skin colors. We will marry same sex couples, baptize their children and offer them an equal place in our community. But this just grazes the surface of our diversity. Our greatest diversity – and strength – is the range of opinions our people hold about their spirituality. As Episcopalians, we don’t tell our members who they have to support politically. We don’t even demand that people agree to all of the theology that has at times been part of the Anglican Church. We are called to interpret scripture using the tolls of reason and tradition. We expect people to think and feel for themselves. Our goal is to provide spiritual resources for members as they walk along their pilgrimage through life.