Every Sunday St. Timothy’s holds their Sunday worship service. The service is liturgical and follows the Book of Common Prayer. The bulletin we hand out when you enter will allow you to follow along. You may choose to participate in any part of the service, please be comfortable with participating however you would like.
9:00 am – Family Choral Eucharist
(Child Care Provided)
7:00 pm – Celtic Mid-week Eucharist
(Anointing for Healing available)
You can sit anywhere you like. There are (2) books under the chairs, the Book of Common Prayer, and “The Hymnal 1982” which has lots of music in it. We usually print in the bulletin any parts of the Common Prayer book we use in the series, and will refer to a page by it’s song number in the bulletin for easy reference. Services start with a song that everyone sings while standing.
The Liturgy of the Word
This part of the service includes readings, the Gospel, sermon, statements of faith, and prayers of the community. The readings are part of a set “lectionary” which assigns readings for every Sunday on a three-year cycle.
This can be a surprising moment for people who are newcomers or visitors. What we are doing is ritually enacting our need to be in right relationship with one another before we go to communion. We do that by saying “Peace be with you” to one another. People may shake hands or embrace each other. In many churches, the Peace is followed by announcements. This is not a formal part of the ritual but is a chance to let people know what is going on in the community and how to get involved.
The Liturgy of the Table
This includes collecting gifts, getting our meal ready and praying over it, sharing bread and wine. This is the preparation leading up to Communion.
The official policy of the Episcopal Church is that all baptized people may receive communion. If you don’t want to receive communion that is totally fine. You can remain in your seat, or you can also come forward and cross your arms over your chest. The priest will offer you a blessing instead of communion.
If you do want to receive, hold out your hands and the priest will put a piece of bread in your hand. Then another liturgical minister will come with the cup of wine (and it is wine!). There are a few choices here. You can eat the bread when it is put in your hand and then take a sip of wine from the cup. It is okay and actually helpful for you to touch the cup and help guide it to your mouth. If you don’t want to drink from the cup you can also leave the bread in your hand and dip the bread in the wine and then place it in your mouth. It is also totally fine to receive only the bread or only the wine; either is considered a full receiving of communion. There are many reasons people might want to receive only one so don’t feel self-conscious about that. Once you have received, simply return to your seat. Often music is sung during or near the end of communion.
After Communion (giving thanks, being sent forth)
After everyone had received communion we all stand and say a prayer which your service leaflet will either have printed or tell you where to find it. The priest then asks God to bless us. Another song is usually sung by everyone at this point during which the liturgical ministers may process out. At the very end, we are dismissed by the priest and sent out into the world.
Experienced caregivers provide a safe and warm environment to the youngest of St. Timothy’s Church. Child care is available on Sundays from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and for most other church events as announced.
St. Timothy’s Narthex has a “quiet play place” for young children who would like to stay in the service but would like a little more space to move about than the chairs provide.
Please join us for coffee, refreshments, and fellowship after any of the services so that we can meet and welcome you. We would like to know you better and answer any questions you might have about our church and worship.