When visiting for the first time, it’s nice to know what to expect. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Q: What can I expect from Sunday church services?
A: Episcopalians worship in many different styles, ranging from very formal, ancient, and multi-sensory rites with lots of singing, music, formal clothes (called vestments), and incense, to informal services with contemporary music. Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go.
Q: Is the Episcopal Church Liturgical? What does Liturgical mean?
A: Yes. Worship in the Episcopal Church is “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers. After all, life can be chaotic enough as it is. For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing. Stand. Sit. Kneel. Stand. Sit (or is it kneel?) Participatory elements may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. Don’t worry. Liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.
Q: What is Holy Eucharist?
A: While Episcopal churches my have different worship styles, Holy Eucharist is always the same. It is commonly known as the part of the service where we “receive communion.”
Q: When are Services?
A: There are currently two online services every Sunday and Christian Formation (Sunday School) as listed below:
9:00 a.m. – Kid’s Connection
10:00 a.m. – Rite II Holy Eucharist (abbreviated for online worship)
11:00 a.m. – Truth Seekers Bible Study class with David Ronn
11:00 a.m. – Inquirer’s Class with Mo. Mary and Leigh Easterwood