What's in the service?
Worship services include Bible readings from the Old and New Testaments, a Psalm, a sermon based on the day's scriptures, an affirmation of faith using one of the Creeds, congregational prayers, music and hymns, and a celebration of the Holy Eucharist (communion).
What's a liturgy?
As an Episcopal church, St. Mary's follows a liturgy, which is a pattern of scripture readings, prayers, and congregational responses that are set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. Although the content of services changes from week to week, the pattern of worship remains basically the same throughout the year.
The congregational responses throughout the service make Episcopal worship participatory worship. As a visitor, you are welcome to follow along and join in with us.
Many, but not all of us, kneel or cross ourselves at various points in the service. These actions are personal aids to worship and are purely optional. If you don't feel comfortable worshiping in this way, that's no problem. If you find these traditions helpful, that's great too!
The Role of Children in Worship
Children are always welcome in worship! We have several options for children and their guardians to help make worship possible.
- Godly Play is offered during our 9 am and 11:30 am worship services. Godly Play is a creative re-telling of the Bible stories that encourages children to explore the stories for themselves. At the opening of worship children meet in the back of the Sanctuary and are lead downstairs by a door person to the Children's Chapel. They are led back upstairs in time to join their family for the Eucharist. More information can be found here.
- The Wiggle Room is a space just off of the sanctuary. The room has a glass wall and a speaker so that those in the room can still see and hear worship. There are toys and rocking chairs, and it's a great place for nursing mothers or parents who want to watch their kids play as they participate in worship.
- Busy boxes can be found in the main entry way by the main doors. They are pencil boxes filled with quiet activities for children to play with during worship. Some item in the boxes include finger puppets, toy cars, coloring pages, and small puzzles.
More About the Episcopal Church
For more information about practices and traditions, visit the website for the National Episcopal Church.
Please join us for worship at St. Mary's. We look forward to meeting you!