The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward
and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain
means by which we receive that grace (Book of Common Prayer 857).
Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians. At the appointed time, leave your pew with other worshipers to approach the altar rail. If you do not wish to or are unable to receive either, cross your arms in front of your chest to signal that you want a blessing instead.
We receive the bread with our right hand stretched in front of us over our left hand, lifting the bread into our mouth.
We gently guide the base of the communion cup to direct it to our lips and gently push it away when we have received the wine.
The Episcopal Church urges all its baptized members to make a mature public affirmation of their baptism and to receive God’s blessing in the laying on of hands by the Bishop – an action usually called Confirmation. Many people coming from other Christian traditions will already have been confirmed and for them we provide the action of being received by the Bishop. This action of “being confirmed” or received demonstrates that your membership is not merely of this local parish but of the entire Christian Church.
Holy Baptism is administered in the context of the Sunday Eucharist. Candidates for baptism are infants and young children of members of the parish and older children and adults who desire to make a mature and public commitment to the Christian faith. Each candidate for Holy Baptism is generally sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Classes for parents and available godparents of infants and children, which may be arranged through Fr. Tim and Fr. Dan, precede each baptism date.
The sacrament of Holy Matrimony is offered to couples, one of whom must be a baptized Christian. A personal interview with the Rector is necessary before a date is entered on the calendar or other plans may progress for any wedding. In addition to the counsel of the clergy, couples are referred to professional counselors who assist in the appropriate preparation for marriage.
MINISTRY TO THE SICK/UNCTION
In case of illness, hospitalization, or injury, please notify the parish office as soon as possible. Our visitation teams of clergy and Lay Eucharistic Visitors set a time to visit you and/or bring Holy Communion and Unction (anointing with oil and prayers for healing) as is appropriate. Holy Unction is also offered following the Eucharist services in the chapel on the first Sunday of each month.
Members of the church are properly buried from the church. The Clergy will also conduct funeral home or graveside services for non-members. A member of the clergy should be contacted as soon as possible after a death has occurred.