Worship in the Episcopal Church has come to be called an experience of the “ancient present.” That is, our worship is filled with the majesty and awe of centuries old practices and forms which have been filled with meaning for today.
Our worship centers on the two great sacraments (signs and symbols used by God to convey grace). The first is holy baptism through which we are reminded that we belong to God and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also find ourselves part of an extended family, one with Christians throughout the ages and across the world, what we call the “one, holy, catholic [meaning ‘universal’], and apostolic Church.”
The second is Holy Communion, or the Eucharist (which literally means “thanksgiving”), mass. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are therefore part of the extended family that is the Church, are welcome to receive the bread and wine, and be in communion with God and each other.
The whole people of God take part in this divine drama each Sunday and Holy Day. They help minister the grace of God by serving as ushers and greeters, by singing in the choir, by serving as acolytes or readers, by working with the altar guild. If you would like to serve in any of this ways, please speak to the team leader of any of these groups or the vicar.
One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.