Church Services

  Church Services  
SUNDAY MORNING

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       Holy Eucharist Rite 1 8:00am

        Holy Eucharist Rite 2 and Choir 10:00am

THURSDAY MORNING

·         9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
           This simple morning  service is held in the Chapel, or the Office, whichever is warmer.

 

Worship in the Episcopal Church is "liturgical," which means “the work of the people together” or common prayer. Revised and updated several times over the past 500 years, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the basis for our worship. While over two-thirds of the BCP’s content is from the Holy Bible, our services also include spiritual reflection and music to lift up our hearts and deepen our relationship with God.

HOLY COMMUNION
Celebration of Holy Communion is central to our worship. Everyone is welcome to come forward and receive Holy Communion. Communion is usually received while kneeling or standing at the altar rail, but people who are unable to come forward to the altar may receive Communion where they are seated in the church. Adults are asked to consume the bread and take a sip from the chalice (cup). Children may receive in the same manner if they and their parents so desire. If you do not want to drink from the chalice, point to your palm and you will receive a wafer, which may be dipped into the cup (known as intinction). If you don't wish to receive the wine, you may simply  cross your arms over your chest after consuming the bread. If you do not want to receive Communion, you may cross your arms over your chest and you will receive a prayer of blessing. It is the expectation of the Church that those regularly receiving Communion will commit themselves to God through receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. Please return to your pew by a side aisle.

 

SOME CHURCH CUSTOMS
The general custom in many Episcopal Churches  is to "stand for praise, sit for instruction, and kneel for prayer."  You may participate in our worship services in a manner that is comfortable for you.  You will observe some kneeling and some standing during the same parts of the service. On entering or leaving one's pew, we usually acknowledge God's presence by bowing toward the altar. This simple act helps to remind us that we are in a holy place dedicated to prayer and worship. Many people bow as the processional cross passes. The cross is the supreme symbol of Christianity, reminding us of how much God loved the world.
Making the sign of the cross is one way of expressing one's thankfulness when receiving a blessing, hearing the Gospel read, or accepting God's forgiveness in the words of absolution. None of these customs is required, but many worshippers find them to be helpful in deepening their spiritual awareness.  For more resources on the customs of the church, check out the links below:

Book of Common Prayer Online
The Episcopal Church