How we worship
Each week we seek to glorify God in liturgies that move the heart and challenge the mind with great variety, color, energy and reverence. Episcopal churches are “liturgical” churches, which means our worship will have a recognizable form week after week. The Liturgical Calendar, a set of seasons, tell our story of faith in real time.
- Advent – The season leading to Christmas, followed by
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
Our worship space known as the nave (where the people sit) reflects the season in the colors of the hangings on the altar and the pulpit. The church year is also reflected in the Scripture readings we hear and reflect on each week.
All are welcome to participate in our worship because it is in worship that we live out our life as a Christian family together. Scripture is the foundation of our worship. The service follows an order found in our worship book called the Book of Common Prayer, two-thirds of which is scriptural. Every worship service includes the reading of Holy Scripture from the Old and New Testaments. Many of our prayers and hymns are filled with scripture.
As you enter the nave, you will notice an atmosphere of reverence. Candles are on the altar to remind us that Christ is the “Light of the World”(John 8:12). Often there are flowers, to beautify God’s house and to recall the resurrection of Jesus.
The ordained minister in charge of the Parish is called a “Rector.” In the Episcopal Church, the people participate in the liturgy, not simply have it performed for them by the clergy. We continue that tradition using the 1979 American edition of The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), The 1982 Hymnal and a Contemporary Song Book. The BCP enables the congregation to share fully in every service.
The Book of Common Prayer includes a variety of ancient and modern prayers and worship services for occasions when the whole community gathers and for individual use. The Book of Common Prayer allows everyone to participate, reminding us that each person is an important part of the worship experience, whether the service is a celebration or a solemn occasion. It is a guidebook for daily Christian living. Music, both traditional and contemporary, is an integral part of uniting our prayers and Scripture.
In the Episcopal Church, we say both the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed in our worship. Because we are a community of faith, we openly declare our beliefs and in this way unite ourselves to Christians in the past, present and future.
In our worship service, we celebrate God with us through water, bread and wine. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us through water we are united with God. We call this Baptism. The Episcopal Church believes through baptism in any Christian denomination, we become brothers and sisters in God’s family.
Jesus shared bread and wine with His first followers and is with us when we share in the family meal we call Holy Communion (Holy Eucharist, Last Supper). Through it we receive the forgiveness of our sins and a strengthening of our union with God and one another as we remember Christ’s life, death and Resurrection. Any baptized person is welcome and encouraged to share in His meal when visiting an Episcopal Church.
Each of the pews has slots holding Welcome Cards and Prayer Cards. You can fill out one of these cards to indicate your interest in obtaining more information about St. Monica’s Episcopal Church. This will give us an opportunity to get to know you better and serve your special needs or inquiries. The cards may be placed in the alms basin or given to an Usher or Greeter at the end of the service.
The regular weekly service known as Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 10 a.m
Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is open to all baptized Christians, regardless of their denomination or background. A cry-room is available for parents to calm fussy children, though fussy children rarely bother anyone but their parents! Christian Education classes are offered at 9 am.
Following the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, you are welcome to join us for coffee and snacks in the Narthex. A guest registry is also located in the Narthex. Please sign this register with your name, current city/state, email address and parish to show us that you visited.