Worship is at the heart of our community, and all are welcome to join us and participate as you feel comfortable. Each Sunday we turn to God as the source and center of our lives.
We call our weekly Sunday worship "The Holy Eucharist," which comes from a Greek word meaning thanksgiving. Our 9:00 and 10:45 am liturgies are virtually identical, so people simply pick the best time for their schedule that day. Lasting about 70 minutes, we sing hymns, hear the Word of God in Scripture and preaching, pray for our concerns, collect an offering, and receive Holy Communion. A full text bulletin guides participation. Each service concludes with light refreshments and conversation in our Parish Hall. We especially invite our guests to join us so we can meet and extend a welcome.
Episcopal worship is guided by our Book of Common Prayer, and weekly Scripture readings are drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary, a three year rotation of biblical texts shared by many churches as a sign of Christian unity. Each week we hear four readings: from the Old and New Testaments, a psalm and a gospel. Our music varies, from ancient hymns accompanied by a pipe organ to original compositions set to acoustic guitar. We are blessed with an array of gifted musicians, and our music program is one of Holy Comforter's greatest strengths.
The sacrament of Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians, not only Episcopalians. We reserve Communion for the baptized because we believe Christ's body and blood have real transforming power, and in our baptismal vows we provide our lifetime consent to that transformation. During the service, ushers will assist in guiding the congregation forward, row by row, to the altar. Those who choose not to receive Communion simply cross their arms over their chest and the priest will offer a blessing instead.
Children are a gift, and we welcome their giggles and wiggles among us. Some families worship together, and others take advantage of our professionally staffed nursery or Sunday school offerings. For children ages 0-3, we offer professionally staffed childcare between 8:15 - 11:45 am. A greeter would be happy to show you to our nursery and introduce you to Carolyn. For children ages 4-10, we offer Christian education from 10:30 - 11:15, and then the teachers accompany the children into worship to join their families for Holy Communion.
We delight when children and youth want to participate in leading our worship. Any who would like to read or serve as an acolyte (they get to carry fire!) are gladly trained and will grow in their understanding of the beauty and symbolism of Episcopal worship.
Adults are also invited to participate. Clergy provide very limited functions in Episcopal worship, so active lay leadership is essential in our worship: from speaking roles like proclaiming Holy Scripture, to silent but visible service as a Eucharistic minister or usher, to behind the scenes ministry as a soundboard volunteer or altar guild member. There is an opportunity for every personality to assist in creating beautiful worship that turns our hearts and minds to God.