How We Worship Together

Episcopalians worship using many different styles – some services are traditional, others contemporary, and some offer a blend of a variety of music and prayer traditions. Visit our Service Times page for a description of the worship style you will find in each of our services. No matter the style, however, we use common prayer. Our worship follows a defined rhythm described in our Book of Common Prayer:

  • Each worship service includes biblical readings from the Psalms, the Gospels, and at least one other from the Hebrew Scriptures or the Epistles.
  • The congregation participates actively in worship, through prayers, responses, taking the Holy Communion, and (depending on the service) singing.
  • The service is led by our priest and members of our congregation whose ministry is to support the worship life of our church.
  • There will usually be a sermon based on one or more of the Scripture readings. Occasionally, our sermon time incorporates a brief teaching on the day’s lesson with questions and discussion about what this means for our lives and relationship with God.
  • The climax of the service is the Eucharist – Holy Communion.

You are invited to come forward to receive the Eucharist in every communion service. To receive, simply follow the ushers and others as they come forward for communion and either stand or kneel at the altar rail. Extend your palms to receive the bread, and when you are offered the chalice of wine, guide it to your lips.  You are also free to come forward for the bread and decline to take the wine.

If you prefer not to take communion, you are invited to come forward for a blessing. When you come to the altar rail, simply cross your arms across your chest to signify to the priest that you prefer a blessing.