Worship

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Regular Sunday Service Times

  • Eucharist begins at 10 am
  • Nursery care available 9-11 am

Congregational worship is the heart and soul of the Church of the Good Shepherd. We are proud to be members of the world-wide Anglican Communion as part of the Episcopal Church.

Our Sunday service begins at 10:00 am and usually lasts about an hour. Attire varies for each individual and each occasion, and you’ll soon discover we’re all about the worship and not about clothes!

Upon one’s arrival to the sanctuary, ushers warmly greet everyone and distribute the church bulletin. The service is printed on a bulletin and is quite easy to follow.

Please sign into our guest book, located near the entrance doors, for future communication. We want to get to know you and welcome you! The announcements are made each week a few minutes before the service begins, so get here early if you want to know what’s going on!

Can you tell me about the service?

liturgical music
A member of the choir introduces new liturgical music to the congregation.

Many of our parishioners play an active role in the worship service as greeters, ushers, acolytes, choir members, cantors, lay readers, altar guild,  even hostesses for light refreshments at coffee hour following the service. Our worship includes readings from the Old and New testaments, a Psalm, a memorable sermon based on the day’s scriptures, an affirmation of faith using one of the Creeds, congregational prayers, and hymns and a celebration of communion (Holy Eucharist).

How do Episcopalians worship?

Episcopal worship is participatory. We generally stand to sing, sit during readings and the sermon, and stand or kneel during prayer.  Led by our very talented organist, pianist and choirmaster, Bobbi Reese, our parish choir may be small in number but are commanding in voice. Traditional hymns, ranging from tender to triumphant, fill our world with thanksgiving. We also share in the ancient practice of passing the peace of the Lord with one another, bridging any walls and promoting good will.

The oblations of bread and wine await being presented and consecrated during the Eucharist.
The oblations of bread and wine await being presented and consecrated during the Eucharist.

Communion is taken as you wish. You may approach God’s table and receive the bread and the wine, the bread only, or simply cross your arms over your chest for a blessing. If it is physically too difficult to approach the altar, an usher will have the priest and chalice bearer bring the bread and wine to you. Children are always encouraged to take part in Communion.

The service closes with an uplifting hymn as the community stands. Our deacon then triumphantly sends us forth into the world charging us to bear the peace and love of Christ to all whom we meet. We all respond whole heartedly “Thanks be to God!”

 

 

Join us for Sunday worship and allow your hearts to be filled with the grace and inspiration that we have come to know so well. Come home to the Church of the Good Shepherd.

“Seek and you will find”