What Are Services Like?
What will I be doing in the worship service?
Episcopal worship has a rhythm. When you arrive, you will be given a booklet which makes it easy to follow along with what’s happening in the service. We begin the service with music, end with music, and have other musical offerings throughout. We then offer opening prayers. We listen to several readings from the Bible. You will hear a message that connects the scriptures to our life. We stand together and recite our statement of Christian faith expressed in the Nicene Creed. We offer prayers of healing and thanksgiving and we corporately confess our sins. We exchange a greeting of peace with others present and give an offering of money to sustain the work of God’s kingdom through the church. In preparation to receive the bread and wine of Communion, our priest and pastor leads us in the Eucharistic prayers (a word meaning “thanksgiving”) and then we receive Holy Communion. The service concludes with a final prayer, blessing, and a dismissal from our Deacon with the reminder to “Go into the world and serve in the name of the Lord!”
I’m not an Episcopalian. Can I receive Holy Communion?
It is the custom in our church that wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome to receive the bread and wine of Holy Communion. It does not matter how old or young, what church you came from, what your denominational status is – if you wish to receive our Lord Jesus Christ, he invites you!
What other worship services do we offer?
We hold many special services throughout the year, some at the church and others in the public spaces of Gilbert. In pre-Covid times, our seasonal services in the public square included an imposition of ashes and prayer on Ash Wednesday in the Gilbert Heritage District. During Lent, we offered a walking service of Stations of the Cross in downtown Gilbert. We hold special services during Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter, and other special services from time to time. You are always invited to these events!
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