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Worship 2018-11-10T19:52:31+00:00

Our Place to Come Together

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

  • Evening Prayer - 5 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel
  • Holy Eucharist - 5:30 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel

Wednesday

  • Holy Eucharist - 12 noon
  • Held in the Lady Chapel
  • Evening Prayer - 5 pm
  • Held in the Lady Chapel

Thursday

  • Holy Eucharist - 7:30 am
  • Held in the Lady Chapel

Friday

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

Saturday

  • Evening Prayer - 4 pm
  • Holy Eucharist - 5 pm
  • Rite II with Music
  • Hymns & Service Music

Sunday

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

Sunday

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

Lectionary

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:

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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.

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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.

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Music

More than 30 members including some of the area’s finest singers belong to St. Mary’s Parish Choir. The rich tradition of Anglican choral music is the foundation for the choir at the weekly Sunday eucharist at 10 a.m. from October until May. The choir also sings for special services such as Advent and Choral Matins. Choir members gather for rehearsals at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from October until May. Professional cantors provide musical leadership for special occasions.

Click here to visit St. Mary’s Choir Website!

St. Mary’s 2018 Music Program

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

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

St Mary’s Music Ministry has greeted the New Year of our Lord 2018 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!

Below are some past and future music schedules at St. Mary’s, with links that will take you to performances of the selected music.

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Some of Our Latest Sermons

Check out more of our Sermons!

Title: Repent, Pray, and Act
Date: 20181202
Priest: Fr Rowe
Title: Christ is King
Date: 20181125
Priest: Fr Faupel
Title: Thanksgiving
Date: 20181122
Priest: Fr Rowe