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Worship at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church ranges from intimate evening prayers to the well-attended Holy Eucharist in our 400-seat Sanctuary on Sunday morning. The rich liturgy and music of the Anglican tradition shape the eucharist and the service is celebrated five days a week. On Sunday, the eucharist is celebrated at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday school and the nursery are available during the 10 a.m. service. On Saturdays and Sundays, the eucharist includes music from a cantor or the choir. If you prefer a more intimate worship experience, consider joining us in the Lady Chapel for morning or evening prayer. Please check the weekly worship schedule for the times.

Worship Schedule – summer 2021


  • Evening Prayer - 5 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel


  • Evening Prayer - 5 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel
  • First Tuesday each month
  • Recovery Eucharist 5:30 PM


  • First Wednesday each month
  • Healing Eucharist - 12 Noon
  • Evening Prayer - 5 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel


  • First Thursday each month
  • Requiem Eucharist 8:30 AM
  • Evening Prayer - 5 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel


  • Evening Prayer - 5 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel


  • Holy Eucharist - 5 pm
  • Rite II with Music
  • Hymns & Service Music


  • Holy Eucharist - 8 am
  • Rite I
  • Spoken Service using Traditional Language


  • Choral Eucharist - 10 am
  • Rite II
  • Sunday School & Nursery


The lectionary is an ordered system for reading the Holy Scriptures at the eucharist and the daily offices. It is usually presented in the form of a table of references for the psalms and readings for the various days of the liturgical year, although it may be a separate book containing the actual texts of the readings. You can consult the readings for each month here:


Altar Servers

Altar servers are integral to worship at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, from setting up the altar book to reading lessons, lighting candles, passing the offertory plates, ringing the sanctus bells and holding the chalice. The lay leader has overall responsibility to ensure that all acolyte duties are performed and to assist the celebrant. In addition, he should check the sanctuary before the service to ensure that all is ready.

These duties include checking and turning on sound system, making sure the offering plates are in proper position and the credence table is set-up with the veil. Other acolyte duties include marking the lectionary and preparing the altar book. In addition, the thurifer is responsible for making sure the thurible is ready for incense burning. The thurifer is the acolyte responsible for swinging the thurible during the eucharist. That means arriving early, emptying ashes from the thurible and putting new incense to burn.


Altar Guild

The altar guild is a volunteer group of the parish whose duty is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels and altar linens of the parish. Altar guild members prepare the sanctuary for services and clean up afterwards. They frequently supervise the decoration of the sanctuary of the parish with flowers.

Altar guild members also prepare the sanctuary for special services such as baptisms, funerals and Easter Sunday. For a baptism, for example, they prepare the baptismal towel and arrange the special candles. There are specific instructions for the altar guild. These include how to fold the linens, set the chalices and fill the candles with oil.


Order Flowers for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

Altar Flowers

Step One

Telephone the church office at 1-239-992-4343 and discuss your choice of dates for the flowers with the staff.  Once you have agreed on a date and any other arrangements, proceed to the next steps: the contact form and payment via online donation.

Step Two

Second Step – Complete the form below and click the “SEND” Button

    Step Three

    Click on the link below to Pay for the Flowers $120 or a different amount as agreed with the office staff.



    St. Mary’s Parish Choir shares the rich tradition of Anglican choral music as the foundation for the choir at the weekly Sunday Eucharist at 10 a.m. from October until May.  Choir members gather for rehearsals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from October until May. Professional cantors provide musical leadership during the summer.

    St. Mary’s 2020 Music Program

    We joyfully welcome this Bright New Year of our Lord with harp and the sound of singing!

    St Mary's Choir and Musicians

    See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Psalm 43:19a

    St. Mary's Cantors

    St Mary’s Music Ministry has greeted the New Year of our Lord 2019-2020 with great joy and openness to a future wherein, as we read in Isaiah 40:31 “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

    From Chronicles to Revelation, from Earth to Heaven above, the Lord is praised again and again on the Harp.  St Mary’s is enjoying the addition of the sound of the harp in our worship. Psalm 57:8 invites: Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. And we do!

    Sermons in Text

    It’s the Law!

    Are you doing well on your wilderness journey?  Perhaps you’ve missed a couple days of your Lenten Rule.  Join the group.  Join endless numbers who sincerely embrace God’s covenant relationship and immediately break away through sin.  Each time God makes covenant with His people we see God’s grace expand. We recall God’s first covenant with Noah and family of eight.  God will no longer obliterate man and animal no matter how much they sin against him.  Blood sacrifice was introduced to cover their sin. God’s covenant with Abram and Sarai in their old age changed them.  Blood sacrifice was still used to cover sin but God’s grace expanded into greater promise.  “I will multiply your offspring greater than the stars in the sky.”  In fact, the child promised to Abraham and Sarah in their old age multiplied through Isaac, then Jacob then to his sons who represented the twelve tribes of Israel.  During their 450 years in Egypt, Jacob’s twelve sons expanded to about two million. While in Egypt the blood sacrifice for sin was not allowed because it was smelly and messy. Therefore, the Hebrew people could not worship as they wished while under the law of Pharaoh.  Because the remnant prayed to God for their salvation, Moses was sent to rescue these Israelites and drive them through the parted waves of water into the freedom of the Sinai wilderness. God governed his people through Moses for forty years in order to prepare them for their return to the Promised after Land.  Few maintained a personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Through grace, God created a new covenant with his people in order to draw their hearts back to YHWH.  God provided the “Deca-logi”, ten words, to direct their path.  When Moses was with God

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