Worship

As a worshipping Christian community, we “recognize Christ in the Breaking of the Bread”; i.e. we celebrate on Sunday mornings the presence of the Risen Christ in our lives. Our service is called “Holy Eucharist (i.e. Thanksgiving)” or “Holy Communion” and all are welcome to share God’s Good News in Scripture, in Sermons, in song and celebration, and in Holy Communion. Each Sunday we gather to be strengthened on our various journeys through life.

 

Sunday Worship Times

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite Two (Rite One during Lent)

This is usually a spoken service.  As a church rich in liturgical history and resources, we frequently use what is called “Rite One”, with traditional language and also the Enriching Our Worship liturgy.  On the third Sunday of the month, we sing hymns, accompanied by organ, and occasionally a small choir is present to lead the singing.


10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite Two with Music

This service is usually accompanied by music (sung) from the great Anglican tradition as well as traditional American religious music, Celtic music, folk and spiritual.  “Rite Two” and Enriching Our Worship are the liturgies used.  Preaching here is designed to communicate God’s “good news: in the teaching and life of Jesus Christ and the community baptized into his life and service. Third Sundays of the month we offer a Contemporary Service with guitar and keyboard.

 

Children's Worship

10:00 a.m. Children's Worship

(No Children's Worship during summer months)

Offered most Sundays in our Tarpley House room during the 10:00 a.m. service.

This special worship, designed for children aged 3 through 2nd grade, is a time to focus on God's love and how we worship God. Children join their families in the church as the Peace is exchanged.

 

Fellowship

Celebrations of Holy Eucharist and the following “coffee hours” constitute the main fellowship times at St. Mary’s.

 

Nursery

Nursery staffed by an adult and a youth helper is available each Sunday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. (8:45-9:45 a.m. in summer). Children are picked up when it is time for the Eucharist (about the time of The Lord’s Prayer) so they can go up to the altar with their families for a blessing.

For nursery information contact the church office here.

 

All services include Deacons, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, and Greeters. Our Altar Guild sets up the Sanctuary before each service and cleans up afterward. The Parish Administrator provides complete service booklets for all services.

Special services include Advent Lessons and Carols, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, and evening prayer services led by lay persons at various times throughout the year.

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