Sundays at 9:30 a.m. is our primary service. The service is generally the Holy Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Mass). In this service will be Prayers, Lessons from the Scripture, a Sermon, and the Prayer for Eucharist along the receiving of Holy Communion by all those who wish to receive it. This service is about 75 minutes long.
We strive to make our worship as welcoming and as friendly as possible. If you are unfamiliar with our tradition, the bulletin, which contains most of the service, will help guide you through the liturgy. It might make reference to the Hymnal and Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which are in the pew racks. You may see directions in the bulletin about sitting and standing. Also, you might see members of the congregation kneeling, bowing, or making the sign of the cross during the liturgy. None of those actions are “requirements” and we invite you to participate in any way that feels authentic to you.
If you are unsure of what to do, or where we are in the service, please feel free to ask someone near you!
In the Episcopal Church all baptized people may receive Holy Communion regardless of age. However, this is the Lord’s Table and not ours, and no one who comes to the altar seeking Christ will be turned away. Both consecrated bread and wine are offered to all. Some may decline the cup. To receive the bread, place your right palm in your left palm. If you wish to receive the wine, please grasp the chalice firmly with one or both hands and guide it to your mouth, or if you choose, simply dip the wafer of bread in the cup of wine and then consume it. Those who choose not to receive communion may receive a blessing at the altar by crossing their arms over their chest. If it is physically difficult for you to come to the altar rail, please tell an usher and Communion will be brought to you where you are seated.
On occasion, at 9:30 a.m., the service is that of Morning Prayer. This is a service of Lessons, Prayers, a Sermon, and hymns, without the Eucharist. This service is led by a lay person.
Children are always welcome in the service. Children who have been baptized are also welcome to receive communion. There is a nursery available for infants – 3 year olds. In addition, children 4-3rd grade are invited into “Kid’s Word” during the service, where they will have a lesson appropriate for their age. They return to the church at the Offering to rejoin their families for Communion.
You might find the information at this web site helpful: http://anglicansonline.org/basics/expect.html