8:30 – Rite I Holy Eucharist (No Music)
10:00 – Rite II Holy Eucharist (Blended)
First Sunday of the Month
10:00 a.m. – Family Worship (No Sunday School or Children’s Chapel)
5:30 p.m. – Celtic Worship
Here’s an overview of our 10:00 Blended Worship (everything’s in the bulletin):
- Prelude: a musical offering played on the piano or organ brings our ordinary lives into the holiness of God while folks take their seats.
- Procession: standing, we prepare our hearts and minds for worship and join in singing a song of entrance known as a processional hymn.
- Acclamation: standing, the congregation is greeted with the words of an opening adoration to God by the presider and all are invited to respond.
- Praise song: standing, all join in singing vigorously a song of praise.
- Prayer for the day: the presider prays the collect of the day; a collection of thanks and praise to God.
- Lesson: a member of the parish reads an appointed scripture from the Old Testament, the Psalms and the New Testament.
- Gospel Song: all stand and join in singing the song before the gospel.
- Gospel: the presider reads the gospel as a sign that the presence of Christ is in the Word.
- Sermon: the Priest presents a 10-12 minute message relative to our current lives interpreting the appointed scripture.
- Nicene Creed: standing, we affirm our faith in this ancient statement of beliefs in a Trinitarian God.
- Prayers of the People: we offer prayers for the universal church, all in authority, the welfare of the world, concerns of the community, all who suffer and the departed.
- Confession and Absolution: standing, together we confess our sins against God and our neighbor, seeking forgiveness and receiving absolution.
- The Peace: we pass “The Peace,” greeting one another in the name of the Lord with all our differences and similarities, wishing all “peace be with you.” Folks are welcome to leave their seats to greet and/or embrace others.
- Return from Sunday School: children rejoin their families.
- Announcements: we receive news of upcoming events, activities, and other ways to be involved in the life of Epiphany.
- Offertory: while the table is set for The Lord’s Supper, we make our offerings to God. Bread and wine are brought forward. Our financial gifts for the spreading of God’s kingdom as the church are collected. Children make a joyful sound unto the Lord in bringing their coins to the altar steps to drop in the buckets on the first Sunday of every month with Family Worship.
- Presentation of gifts: standing, we sing songs of offering and thanksgiving as the gifts of bread, wine and financial resources are presented to God at the altar table.
- Prayer of Thanksgiving: the Priest offers a prayer over the bread and wine including the words of institution as spoken by Jesus, beckoning God’s blessing upon the elements, making them holy and making us holy. The priest then takes the bread, gives thanks, breaks the bread and gives it to God’s people to be fed and nourished to go out into the world as the hands and feet of Jesus. Finally, together, we pray the words Jesus taught us, The Lord’s Prayer.
- Communion (partaking of bread and wine): open to all, regardless of age or denomination. All are invited to the Lord’s table. Ushers will assist you in coming forward with arms outstretched to receive. You may receive bread and wine or bread only, or you may cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing. Notify the bread distributor as you approach should you wish gluten-free wafers.
- Songs at the Table: sitting, we sing these during communion as a sign of our thanks for the mystery of this holy meal given to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Prayer of Thanksgiving and Sending following the meal: fed and nourished through the real presence of Christ in the bread and wine, we say our prayer of thanksgiving and sending, boldly prepared to go out into the world.
- Final Blessing: remembering in the bread and wine Christ before us, Christ with us and Christ ahead of us, we’re called to serve all those God places in our path as we venture forth in holiness.
- Closing Hymn: standing, all sing out joyfully our song of dismissal while the choir and worship leaders recess.
- Dismissal: we are dismissed with a reminder that we are to go out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. The worship is ended and now the service begins.
- Response: all respond with a vigorous, “thanks be to God.”
- Postlude: all are invited to depart, greet one another, and share in a celebration of fellowship. The Priest will be at the door to shake your hand and speak with you if you wish prior to leaving the worship space.