We’re delighted that you’re learning about us and we invite you to worship with us for any scheduled worship service. We seek to be a welcoming church. We want you to feel at home here and want to help in any way we can. If you have a special need such as baptism, confirmation, or marriage, or if you wish to consult a priest, please call the church office.
CHILDREN IN THE CHURCH
Everyone is welcome in the Church, and children are welcome to attend any service with you. However, if you would prefer, or if your child finds sitting through an entire service difficult, feel free to sign your child up for the age appropriate activities we provide each Sunday. Also, worship booklets and activity packets for children are available from an usher. If you would like your child to be baptized, confirmed, or enrolled in Sunday Church School, please call the church office.
WORSHIPING WITH US
In our sanctuary, you will find Prayer Books and hymnals in your pew. These books allow us to worship together. The Episcopal Church, like most other branches of the worldwide Anglican Communion, uses a version of The Book of Common Prayer for daily and Sunday worship. Page numbers and hymn numbers are posted, announced, or printed in the service bulletin.
The most commonly used services found in the Prayer Book are The Holy Eucharist and Morning prayer. The Book of Common Prayer (1979) contains two versions of each service – one with traditional verbiage (Rite One) and one using contemporary words (Rite Two).
You can find these services on the following pages:
The Holy Eucharist, Rite One begins on page 323.
The Holy Eucharist, Rite Two begins on page 355.
Morning Prayer, Rite One begins on page 37.
Morning Prayer, Rite Two begins on page 75.
HYMNS & PSALMS
Hymns are usually listed in the service leaflet or announced.
If there is an S before the hymn number (for example, S-125), the music can be found at the front of the Hymnal. Page numbers for the Psalms (hymns of the Hebrew Scriptures) will be announced or printed in the service leaflet, in a form that facilitates congregational reading or singing. The Prayer Book Psalter, a poetic sixteenth-century translation of the psalms, begins on page 585.
KNEEL STAND OR SIT?
If you’re new to the Episcopal Church, you will quickly discover that we do a lot of sitting, standing, and kneeling at various times in the worship service. Generally, we stand or kneel for prayer, sit for instruction, and stand for praise. Feel free to follow along with the congregation, but know that you are not required to do so.