Thank you to everyone who has gathered for virtual worship and online learning! Join us for worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in-person in the Church Building or on our Facebook page live. You can also find the recorded service on our YouTube channel eachSunday evening.
In worship, "we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments" (The Book of Common Prayer p.857). Episcopal worship is both incarnational and sacramental.
The incarnation is Jesus, God incarnate, the Word of God that became flesh and lived among us (John 1:14). Worship in the Episcopal tradiation is incarnational. There are things to say, things to sing, things to hear, and sometimes smells like incense. There is bread and wine to taste and see that God is good. We stand, we kneel, we sit, we walk to the altar rail for communion. The Church, Body of Christ, involves our flesh and blood as we offer God thanks, feed on the presence of Christ, and seek to serve and be Christ in the world.
The sacraments are "outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace" (The Book of Common Prayer p.857). The sacrament of communion is the meal for the baptized family of God. Just like the ordinary bread and wine becomes the real presence of Christ, the colors you see in the church, the special clothing that those who lead worship wear, the ritual actions of the priest, are all signs of inward things. What might look like pageantry is actually the ordinary imbued with extraordinary meaning and purpose, like you and me.