how we worship
How We Worship
Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship. Worship in the Episcopal Church is “liturgical” meaning that we follow the same pattern almost every week. Liturgy, literally “the work of the people” helps us remember that the audience of worship is God and not the congregation.
The liturgy is not something that the clergy do and the congregation watches. Liturgy is a Greek word that comes from the root words for “people” and “work,” so the Liturgy is “the work of the people.” The liturgy is something that we all do together.
The liturgy is printed in the weekly worship bulletin and hymns and song are found in the hymn books in the pews. If this style of worship is new to you after a few weeks it will seem familiar. Liturgical worship has been compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.
During the service we stand, kneel, and sit. We sing, pray, hear Bible readings, and a sermon. The high point of the worship is the Holy Eucharist also known as: the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. Eucharist simply means thanksgiving.
In the Eucharist, we give thanks for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
The Eucharist brings both the past and the future to present reality as we remember Jesus life, death and resurrection and await his coming again. We believe that Christ is truly present with us in the bread and wine. Currently due to Covid restrictions we are receiving the bread only.
All are welcome to receive communion – no matter what age or denomination. This is Christ’s table and he welcomes you!
At the end of the Eucharist we pray and sing then we are blessed and sent out i to continue the life of service to God and to the World.
The children return from Sunday School to their parents for the Holy Communion. In the Episcopal Church all who are baptized are welcomed to receive the Lord’s Supper, and that includes children. If your child is baptized in the Christian Faith they are also welcome to receive the Holy Sacrament. Please know that this is completely the decision of the parents’/guardians.
Children in Worship
We encourage you to keep your children in the service as much as possible. The liturgy is as much for them to participate in, as it is for adults. Sitting closer to the front tends to keep children more focused on the liturgy and they absorb more than you might imagine. At each service our priest invites the children to come forward for a short message that is especially for them!
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Sun: 10:00 am service followed by coffee hour
M-Th 10am - 3pm