You will discover Christ Church to be a caring, prayerful, Christ-centered congregation. We are a people of diverse backgrounds and opinions yet we enjoy worshiping together and sharing one another's burdens. We thrive as a community whose traditions include attitudes that are Protestant and Catholic, ancient and reformed, liberal and conservative. Our spirituality unites us. Please: make yourself at home in our church. Join with us as we follow the beautiful ritual of Anglican worship which binds us together as a community of God's people.
Episcopalians pray together as a community of believers. Our prayers are informed and shaped by the scriptures and our services follow the prayer book of the Episcopal Church: the Book of Common Prayer. The rites and prayers found in this book follow closely the practices of the early Christians. The Book of Common Prayer has been used by Episcopalians for over four hundred years and contains the texts of public worship services, creeds, prayers, and private devotions. It is the red book in the pew rack. The bulletin you received as you entered will guide you in the order of service.
The Holy Eucharist [Lord's Supper] is the central act of worship in the Episcopal Church. It is a celebration of Christ's life, death and resurrection. If you are a baptized Christian you are welcome to receive the Sacrament. To partake, come forward with others. At the Alter, the Bread and Wine we receive are the real and spiritual Presence of Christ's Body and Blood given for us.
A rich tradition of hymnody enhances our liturgy with a variety of service music and hymns. The bulletin you received will list hymns, as well as the hymn board visible in the front of the church. Generally, we Episcopalians stand to sing, kneel to pray, and sit to listen. Please worship as you feel most comfortable.
We are not the church for everyone; but do give us fair consideration and allow us to answer concerns and questions you may have.
We like to lay low for awhile, just attend and worship for now quite fine with us. . . after all, 'merely' coming to church is why we're here: to worship, to receive sustenance for the Journey. Welcome: we will not pressure, but neither do we wish to be neglectful. Merely let someone know when you'd like to "get more active."
May the Peace of Christ, which passes all understanding, keep your heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of God's Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.