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.
So worship is a journey – a journey where we find and are found by God, and a journey of finding and being found by others.
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.
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. But in the church 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 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 enter the beginning of the season with Advent, and through the course of the year, it follows with: Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, and Christ the King Sunday.
“Wherever you are on your walk of faith, you are welcome at this table.”