A Sacramental Life
We are a community that gathers around the table every week to be nourished by the consecrated bread and wine, the sacramental presence of God. For us, worship is designed to give glory to God, to celebrate Jesus’ life and be a sign of our ongoing commitment to follow his teachings and example with joy. Our worship includes scripture readings, singing, laughing and praying, using prayers that are both traditional and familiar, and others that are fresh and new. Everyone who feels called to receive the bread and wine is welcome to join us at God’s table for communion.
Led by our choir, music is woven throughout the service. Everyone is encouraged and welcomed to add their voices to enliven our worship. Choir is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. Younger members are welcome to join with an adult sponsor who is also a choir member. Musical selections come from a variety of sources. Those with musical talents are encouraged to share them to enrich our life in community.
Let the Children Come
Children and youth are welcome in our worship. Several youth sing in the choir. Children assist as acolytes, greeters and help to bring forward the bread and wine for communion. Children often play rhythm instruments during the singing of our hymns.
After the opening prayer, children and youth come forward to join in conversation with the rector about the liturgical season, a special theme, or the scripture lesson for the day. Afterward, children age 5 and up are welcome to attend Sunday school September through June. There is a gated “play yard” in the rear of the church with soft toys for younger children to use during the service. If parents prefer a space with more “room to run”, a nursery is available with toys and games. A speaker in the nursery allows parents to hear where we are in the service so they can rejoin us during the “Peace” and share communion together.
After the service, we make the short trip down to the parish hall to continue our fellowship and to catch up on the week. We have a handicapped accessible lift for those with mobility issues. Volunteers provide finger food (typically fruit, snacks or baked goods) and beverages (coffee, tea and water) each week. It’s nice to get to know one another better over a cup of tea and a handful of grapes.
Growing in Faith
Several times a year there is an opportunity to participate in a Christian formation program following the service. Past programs have included guest speakers, reading and discussing a book with a spiritual, theological or missional theme, learning about spiritual practices, or a discussion about some aspect of our Christian faith.