Guidelines to make your worship experience a pleasant and spiritually fulfilling one.
When entering the narthex (lobby) of our church building, greeters will welcome you at the door, and introduce you to our guest hosts. The hosts will inform you of the Welcome packet located in front of your seat and invite you to sign our Guest Book. An usher will present you with the Sunday bulletin with the Order of Service and the weekly announcements.
Episcopalians use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and a Hymnal during Sunday worship. The form of service is called The Eucharist, meaning “Thanksgiving,” recalling Christ giving thanks during the Last Supper. At Holy Sacrament, these books, and the Bible (New Revised Standard Version), are in front of your seat. However, the entire order of service is displayed via a projection system. This makes it easier for members and guests alike to follow and participate in the service.
Children at Worship
Although we offer a nursery for children between the ages of 1 and 3 years old, all children are welcomed in Church. Sunday School for children begins at 10:15 a.m. and ends during the Announcements in time for the children to join their parents for the Liturgy of the Altar. Children are encouraged to come to the communion rail for a blessing or to receive communion. Some parents allow their children to receive communion only after completing First Communion instruction. Children, 7 years and older (grade 2) are encouraged to participate in these classes so as to have a deeper understanding of their worship experience.
At the end of the service some persons kneel for a private prayer before leaving. The Clergy greet the people, at the main entrance, as they leave. Coffee Hour takes place immediately following both services as a time for further fellowship among members and guests. Following the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist, prayers for healing are offer to congregants by the Prayer Team at the communion rail.
Receiving Holy Communion
All baptized Christians are welcome at the Lord’s Table, called the Altar. The ushers will direct you to the communion rail. Our custom is to kneel at the rail to receive communion, but you may stand if it is more comfortable. After receiving communion, return to your seat. If you are unable to come to the rail, inform an usher and the priest will bring communion to you.
Receiving the Bread and Wine orally
The wafer or bread (the Body of Christ), may be placed in your hand or on your tongue, whichever is your preference and immediately consume. When taking the wine (the Blood of Christ) orally, you may need to guide the chalice to your lips.
If you are receiving communion by intinction (dipping of bread in the wine), please indicate this preference by extending your index finger or thumb in front of you so that the priest will know.
Receiving the Bread Alone
Receiving the bread alone is considered full communion. After receiving the bread either in your hand or orally you return to your seat.
Receiving a Blessing
If either you or your children prefer to receive a blessing instead of communion, kindly come forward to the altar rail during communion and cross your arms on your chest as a signal to the priest.