During the School Year, there are two opportunities to worship. Holy Eucharist, Rite II is at 9:00 a.m and 11:15 a.m. (with Christian Education for all ages at 10:15 a.m.) During the summer, we change to one service at 10:30 a.m., with Christian Education at 9:30 a.m. For 2017, we began our summer schedule on June 4. Due to weather-related repairs taking place in the church building we will continue to have one service until the repairs are complete. We will return to two services on October 15.
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). Jesus, fully human and fully divine, did not put on a human "costume" for 30 years or so - Jesus lived in flesh and blood like you and me. When we are gathered for worship, we use all five senses. 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. Gathered as part of Jesus' risen Body here and now, the Church, we use our bodies to offer God our thanks and praise.
We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Eucharist each Sunday, when the baptized people of God receive the body of Christ, the bread of heaven, and the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. In holy communion, the real presence of Christ is there and we feed on him so that we can be food for 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 during the prayer to consecrate the bread and wine, 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, the people of God called to live our the dream of God here, now, in the little things with friends, family, strangers, and co-workers.