As a congregation in the Episcopal Church we worship according to the Book of Common Prayer. Our regular Sunday services are called “Holy Eucharist” (from the Greek word which means “thanksgiving”) and are communion services. The 8:00 a.m. service is a quieter, more contemplative service with organ music, while the 10:00 a.m. service is lively and uses a wide range of musical styles. From September through early June, Christian Education for children is offered during the first half of worship at 10:00 am. A time for casual conversation and refreshments (“fellowship”) follows both services in the parish hall. Christian education for teens occurs during this time as well.
Our bodies are made by God. Movement can be a way of giving ourselves back to God. At St. Mary’s people cross themselves, bow, stand, sit, and kneel at different times. Everyone is encouraged to try different movements and see if the experience of God is made greater. Movement, though, is not required, many find worship perfectly fulfilling without much movement.
Jesus ate with anyone and everyone. By doing so he practiced the unconditional hospitality of God. At St. Mary’s everyone is invited to receive the bread and wine of Holy Communion. We believe God’s love extends to everyone and not just members of a particular tradition.
Jesus welcomed children and encouraged us to be like children in order to live in the world as God intends. Children are encouraged to participate in worship every Sunday and are invited to receive communion. When we welcome children we welcome the Christ Child as well.