OUR LIVES AS WORSHIP:
The Sacramental Life
We are a sacramental church. We believe that the sacraments (the outward and visible signs of the inward and spiritual grace conferred by God) are not once and for all moments in time, but rather are divine events which begin in time, and continue to grow, deepen, and enliven our walks with Christ through to eternity. While the two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist, we further believe the grace of God to be present in the sacramental rites of Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation, and Unction.
“COME AND SEE” our orderly approach to Spiritual Life.
The Eucharist, is an act of thanksgiving, has been the central act of Christian worship for over two thousand years.
- All Christians, no matter the age or intellectual development, those who are baptized with water in the name of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, are invited and are welcome to receive the bread and wine of our Eucharist.
- The Church believes that the bread and wine bear the real presence of Jesus, for our and the world’s benefit.
- Any person, no matter the state of their faith, who is lead by God to receive the bread and wine will not be turned away.
- Eucharistic Services are held every Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 am. In addition, a Holy Eucharist and Healing Service is held on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:300pm.
Holy Baptism & Confirmation
Baptism is initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.
- Baptism ushers a person into the ministry of presenting Christ to the world in all that they do.
- The bond with God established in Baptism cannot be undone.
- It is appropriate to administer baptism with in the Eucharist on a Sunday and is preceded by personal preparation.
- In the course of Christian development, those baptized at an early age are encouraged to make a public commitment to their baptismal responsibilities in Confirmation.
- The same is true of those baptized as adults are asked to make a public affirmation in the sacrament of Confirmation.
- The day and time of confirmation are determined by the availability of the Bishop.
- The Bishop’s visitation is normally once a year.
Christian marriage is a public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God.
- In the Episcopal Church requires that at least, one of the parties be a baptized Christian.
- The ceremony is to be witnessed by at least two people and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church.
- The couple is to engage in a series of prenuptial conferences before the marriage.
The ministry of reconciliation was given by Christ to his Church and is exercised through the care that we as Christians have for each other.
- Reconciliation is accomplished through common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship, and through the Church and its ministers declaring absolution.
- The Reconciliation is available for all who desire it yet is not required.
- It is not restricted to times of sickness.
- Confessions of Reconciliation can be at any time or place.
- It is confidential, and for many people a normal part of a spiritually healthy life.
- Appointments can be made for a individual reconciliation.
It was a ancient Jewish custom to offer prayer for the sick and to anoint them with olive oil, a common medicine of the time.
- Holy Scripture commends this practice by the confession of sins, prayer, laying on of hands by the ordained ministers and the anointing with oil.
- The act is sometimes called unction and is an act of Christ’s Church for the benefit of the sick and may take place in either a public worship service or in private.
- Anointing of the sick can be administered at any time or place.
Memorial and Burial Services
These services are to Celebrate life, which finds its meaning in the resurrection of Jesus.
- As Jesus was raised from the dead, all who believe in him and confess him as Lord of all are raised with him.
- These services are characterized by joy, in the certain hope that neither death, nor life, nor principalities of any kind, can separate us from the love of God.
- Joy does not make human grief unchristian.
- The love we have for each other brings deep sorrow when our relationships are interrupted by death.
- As we share in the pain of those who mourn, we find comfort in a God whose deep love for us is displayed in Jesus as he wept at the grave of his friend.
- The burial service is usually conducted in the Church and arrangements are made through the church, rather than in the funeral home.