Each week, there is opportunity to attend two regularly scheduled services. On Sundays, the hour long worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, all are welcome for light refreshments and coffee in the parlor. Visitors will feel most welcome in this congenial atmosphere, replete with southern hospitality and charm. Then, on Wednesdays, a more intimate gathering meets in the McClintock Room at Noon for a mid-week soul refresher.
WORSHIP IN THE EpisCOPAL TRADITION
Worship is at the heart of life in Episcopal churches. Our worship is prayer, a common prayer using a common book of prayer. In the Episcopal tradition we think communally rather than individually. We understand that our individual private prayers flow from weekly communal prayer and not the other way around. And through this common prayer we believe that something “more” happens to us – we are formed into the people of God.
We believe God calls us together and our worship is a response to God’s call to “come and worship.”
- We gather to proclaim God as revealed in Jesus Christ.
- We gather to express who we are as the body of Christ.
- We gather as a visible expression of our faith journey.
- We gather for each other.
Therefore, worship is a journey – a journey where we find and are found by God, and a journey of finding and being found by others.
A Liturgical Church
Liturgy is the term for the church's sacramental rites and texts used in public worship. As a religious phenomenon, liturgy is a communal response to and participation in, the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance. It thus forms the basis for establishing a relationship with a divine agency, as well as with other participants in the liturgy. In An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church (Church Publishing, 2000), Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum explain that "liturgy expresses the church's identity and mission, including the church's calling to invite others and to serve with concern for the needs of the world." Although many liturgies of The Episcopal Church are included in the Book of Common Prayer, newer liturgies, such as same-sex blessings and rites for departed pets, are developed and reviewed by the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission for Music and Liturgy on an ongoing basis.
Clocks. Daytimers. Calendars. Apple watches. There are all kinds of ways to mark time. But they have a driving sense of rhythm - constantly moving us onward to the next event. In the church, however, we mark time by God's time - the life of Jesus Christ. This is a gift.
We have an innate sense to make our life mean something, to make our days significant to ourselves and those around us. But too often life becomes an empty routine driven by secular time and responsibilities. A sacred calendar lifts our hearts and minds from the routine to the sacred, marking our life by the life of Jesus. Beginning our week by meeting God and others in worship sets the tone for how we will live our life that week, if we choose to live as authentic Christians.
The age old observance of church seasons is embraced at Epiphany. These occasions remind us that our omnipresent God has always been amongst us. We remember the season when light entered the world, piercing the darkness. We remember seasons of sacrifice, resurrection, and hope fulfilled, times of celebration and feasting, times of mourning, fasting and prayer. As our own lives are akin to seasons, the seasonal calendar helps us to mark time, to make transitions, and start anew. We observe these seasons through our worship service to remind us of God’s gift of sacred time. We begin the church year with the season of Advent, and through the course of the year, it follows with: the Christmas season (Christmas day and the eleven days following), the feast of Epiphany, the period of Lent, Holy Week, the Easter season, Pentecost, and Christ the King Sunday. Periods between these seasons and feasts are known as Ordinary Time.
In worship, we use "liturgical colors" in our paraments, which are the liturgical hangings on and around the altar, the cloths hanging from the pulpit and lectern, ecclesiastical vestments and mitres, and altar cloths. These paraments change to suit the appropriate season. Episcopalians use the following colors to signify our place in the Church Year:
WHITE, the color of Jesus’ burial garments, for Christmas, Easter, and other ‘feasts’ or festival days, as well as marriages and funerals.
PURPLE/VIOLET (or ROYAL BLUE) for Advent.
PURPLE/VIOLET (or UNBLEACHED LINEN) for Lent.
RED is used in Holy Week, the Day of Pentecost, and at ordinations.
GREEN is used during Epiphany and the ‘Ordinary Time’ after Pentecost Sunday.
“Wherever you are on your walk of faith, you are welcome at this table.”