What are the components of the service?
The service consists of four main parts:
- Reading of lessons from scripture.
- A sermon, usually based on one of the readings.
- Prayer, in which all may take part.
- Communion, in which we approach our Lord.
What books are used in the service?
There are four books in use at Christ Church. All are available in the pews.
- The Bible is the text for all lessons, and usually the basis of the sermon; an insert with the readings is regularly in the bulletin.
- The Book of Common Prayer (Red), in the pews, contains the words of our service; page numbers are provided in the bulletin.
- The Hymnal 1982 (Blue)
- Celebration Hymnal (Green)
What if I lose my place?
Don't worry. If you get lost in the Service just "rise and fall with the tide" as we stand, kneel, and sit. Simply take in the service and its powerful message. Soon a page number or hymn number will be announced and you will be back on track.
Do I have to make the sign of the cross, bow, or genuflect?
No. These are expressions of worship used by many Episcopalians, but not all. You don't have to do anything which makes you uncomfortable. For example, if you prefer not to kneel during prayer, it's all right to remain seated.
May I receive communion?
If you have been baptized with water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you are welcome at our altar (communion table), no matter what your affiliation.
May my children receive communion?
Yes, if they have been baptized. Some parents prefer their children receive first communion instruction. This is offered in the parish as the need arises.
If I choose to receive communion, how is it done?
Go to the altar rail and kneel or stand. The consecrated Bread is received with both hands and carried to the mouth. The consecrated Wine is received by lightly grasping the base of the chalice (communion cup) with one hand and helping the minister to guide it to your lips.
Must I receive the consecrated wine?
No, if you wish to receive only the Bread, simply cross your arms over your chest before the chalice reaches you.
What if I don't wish to drink from the common cup?
You may dip the Bread in the Wine yourself, or you may leave the Bread in the palm of your hand. The minister with the Cup will come by; pick up the wafer, dip it in the Wine and place it on your tongue.
May I marry at your Church?
If you just got engaged, let us offer you our congratulations. If you are interested in a Christian wedding at Christ Church, we'd love to sit down and talk with you. To arrange for the marriage ceremony at the Church, contact Father Alistair Morrison before making any wedding plans at the Church. He is the person who schedules the weddings at the Church. Contact the clergy as soon as you plan to be married, even before making a commitment to a reception hall. The closer you are to the date, the harder it may be to schedule the wedding.