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That varies from church to church, it also depends on the type of service (for example, A Holy Eucharist Rite II vs. a Tenebrae service). I'm Episcopalian, so I'll tell you what happens at the church I go to.
At a Eucharist Rite II (the most common type of service at my church, and these are not necessarily in order.) Hymns are sung, usually there is an Anglican chant at some point in the service. There is a collect, two lessons, and a gospel reading. There is also a sermon. Later, there is a confession of sins, and the Nicene creed is spoken. A form of The Prayers Of The People is used, and a Eucharist takes place in which all are eligible to participate. After the Eucharist there is a post-communion prayer and a dismissal.
The entire service lasts about an hour, unless it is what they call a "high occupancy Sunday" such as Easter or Christmas Eve in which case it may take longer, or a "low occupancy Sunday" such as the Sunday after Easter in which case it may take less time.
This is just a break down; there's a lot more too it, but that's it in a nutshell.