Unfamiliar with how Anglicans worship God? Here's two explanations of what we do at Trinity Church and why we do it: a short version, for those who want it, well, short, followed by a longer version, for those who like details.
The Short version
Like the Hebrews in the Old Testament, we glorify God through structured worship known as liturgy. Our liturgy comes from the Book of Common Prayer, the first edition of which was printed in England in 1549. Our Sunday liturgy has two primary elements: first, we focus on the Word of God, to hear God speak to us; second, we celebrate Holy Communion, receiving the grace of God in order to fulfill his desires for our lives.
The Word of God: We read four different passages of Holy Scripture in each service. More importantly, we believe the Bible is God's written revelation of himself, finding its core in the birth, death and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ. Sermons are grounded in Scripture, with an evangelical emphasis of seeking God's transforming power in his Word. We love the Bible, and we take it seriously.
Holy Communion: The high point of our worship each Lord's Day is to gather at his Table and receive his Body and Blood at the Holy Eucharist (Eucharist means thanksgiving). We believe that Jesus is present with us at Communion, and that Communion is a "means of grace," where the symbols of bread and wine are not symbols only, but are a way through which God gives us of himself. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion at Trinity.
The Longer version
It is said that Anglican Christianity is a via media, a "middle way," between Catholicism and Protestantism. For the most part, Anglicans worship in ways that reflect our Catholic heritage, while approaching the Bible and theology in ways that are more Protestant.
Our worship is rooted in the most ancient traditions of Christian worship. To worship by means of a prescribed liturgy is not dead formalism. It is participation in the living tradition of Christ's Church, handed down from generation to generation of those who have loved Jesus and sought to worship him in spirit and in truth. Documentation from as early as the second century shows a striking similarity in the liturgy of the early Church and the liturgy celebrated at Trinity and other Anglican churches.
Justin Martyr, who gave his life for his faith around 165 AD, wrote this description of worship in his time: "And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place. And the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs us and exhorts us to imitate these good things. Then we all rise together and pray. And, as we said before, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought. Then, the president in like manner offers prayer and thanksgivings, according to his ability. And the people assent, saying 'Amen.' Then [the Eucharist] is distributed to everyone, and everyone participates in that over which thanks has been given. And a portion of it is sent by the deacons to those who are absent." This description is very much what you will find at Trinity.
Like the early church, the high point of our worship every week is the Holy Eucharist (also called the Lord's Supper, Communion, or the Mass). Though many in the Protestant tradition have adopted occasional observance of Communion (at best), some of the great men in the history of Protestantism argued for frequent observance of that which Jesus said to do in remembrance of him. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist tradition (though himself an Anglican priest until his death), wrote a sermon called, "The Duty of Constant Communion," in which he sought to "[s]how that it is the duty of every Christian to receive the Lord's Supper as often as he can." The great father of the Reformed tradition, John Calvin, asserted in his "Short Treatise on the Lord's Supper," that "the practice of all well ordered churches should be to celebrate the Supper frequently, so far as the capacity of the people will admit."
We believe that the Eucharist is a true sacrament, a means of grace. Anglicans believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the sacrament, that Jesus is actually present in the Bread and the Wine. Unlike the Roman Catholic tradition, we do not hold to Transubstantiation; Christ is present in the Eucharist, yet the exact manner in which he is with us is a mystery.
The Eucharist is one of seven sacraments; the Eucharist, along with Baptism, are called the Dominical Sacraments: those specifically given to us by Jesus. Marriage, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Healing and Ordination, are also sacraments. The liturgies for these sacraments can be found in the Book of Common Prayer (commonly abbreviated BCP), the manual of worship for Anglicans.
While the BCP is the standard for worship in the Anglican tradition, it is also a great source for understanding how Anglicans view the Bible and theology. In its pages are included the 39 Articles, a historic document (adopted in 1563) that catalogs how Anglicans viewed their theology as neither that of Rome nor of the Continental Reformation.
In addition to affirming the ancient Creeds of the Church (Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian), the 39 Articles specifically address the doctrinal debates from which Anglican theology was clarified. For example, Article #6: Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation, and, contra Rome, whatever is not in the Bible cannot be required belief for salvation. The canonical books of Scripture are the 66 books recognized universally by the Protestant world; the Apocrypha, or Deuterocanon, while useful for devotion, is not authoritative for Anglican doctrine.
In Anglicanism, the Bible is supremely authoritative for Christian belief, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, whose Magisterium dictates official doctrine and is considered by Roman Catholics to be equal in authority with Scripture. Anglicans give primary allegiance to the Bible, which we read through the eyes of 2000 years of Christian thought and Spirit-guided reason.
In our Anglican worship at Trinity Church, we seek for God to transform us by his Holy Word and his Holy Sacraments, through his Holy Spirit.