Worship Service Times
8:15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Contemplative service without music
9:30 a.m. - Adult Forum and Christian Education grades 1 - 12
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist - With Choir
Holy Eucharist is celebrated with an 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. service.
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of Christ's body and blood, and the principal act of Christian worship. The term is from the Greek, "thanksgiving." Jesus instituted the Eucharist "on the night when he was betrayed." At his Last Supper, before his execution, he shared the bread and cup of wine at a sacred meal with his disciples. He identified the bread with his body and the wine with his blood of the new covenant. Jesus commanded his disciples to "do this" in remembrance of him (see 1 Cor 11:23-26; Mk 14:22-25; Mt 26:26-29; Lk 22:14-20).
At St. Mary’s our worship is a dynamic blend of teaching, fellowship, song, breaking bread and prayers. Each week, a diverse group of hungry people gathers together and then is sent back out into the world in the power of the spirit to build God’s Kingdom. We believe there can be no true Eucharistic celebration while injustice remains in the world.
Christ gave his life in the name of God’s Kingdom of justice, reconciliation and peace for all people. The Eucharist makes Christ’s sacrifice present and in it we are united to his one self-offering (BCP, p. 859). Christ's body and blood are really present in the sacrament of the Eucharist and received by faith. Christ's presence is also known in the gathered Eucharistic community. Sacrificing for others is an essential Christian quality to which all Christians strive to embody.
In the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), the whole service is entitled the Holy Eucharist. The first part of the service is designated the Word of God. The Word of God usually includes the entrance rite, the lessons and gradual psalm, the gospel, the sermon, the Creed, the prayers of the people, the confession of sin and absolution, and the peace. The second portion of the service is designated the Holy Communion. Holy Communion includes the offertory, the consecration of the bread and wine in the Great Thanksgiving, the communion of the people, and the concluding prayers of thanksgiving and dismissal. A blessing may be given prior to the dismissal.
The Eucharist is also called the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offertory (BCP, p. 859).
*Adapted from the Episcopal Church website.
Sunday's readings can be found each week by visiting www.lectionarypage.net. In the case there are two sets of readings listed for a given day, St. Mary's typically chooses the first set of readings.