Throughout Scripture, we are called to worship God. We answer this call in several ways in the Episcopal Church, depending on the season of the church year. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist every Sunday, and during the week, you may find us in a service of Evening Prayer or Compline. We welcome you to join us anytime, as we worship God through our Lord Jesus Christ, together.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness --Psalm 96:9
The Holy Eucharist
Also known as the Lord's Supper, the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering
The Holy Eucharist is the principal act of worship in the Episcopal Church. Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist on the night when he was betrayed. At the Last Supper, he shared the bread and cup of wine at a sacred meal with his disciples. He identified the bread with his body and the wine with his blood of the new covenant. Jesus commanded his disciples to, "Do this," in remembrance of him. (1 Cor 11:23-26; Mk 14:22-25; Mt 26:26-29; Lk 22:14-20)
All baptized Christians, regardless of faith tradition, marital status, or age, are invited to receive the sacrament at Good Shepherd.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who was crucified, died, and rose again for our salvation.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who with the Father and the Son, is worshiped and glorified.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
As a foundation of our worship, the Episcopal Church uses the Book of Common Prayer. To make it more simple to follow, our bulletin includes everything you need from the Book of Common Prayer to participate in worship.
Hymns are found in the blue hymnal in the pew rack.
Episcopalians sometimes stand, sit, or kneel during the service; in fact, different Episcopalians do things differently! The Book of Common Prayer, along with your bulletin, will suggest standing, sitting, or kneeling during different places in the service. Do what you are most comfortable doing, and what your physical condition allows.
If you have mobility issues that prevent you from coming forward for communion, simply let an usher know, and the priest will be happy to bring communion to you in your pew.
We do not take lightly the fact that you are walking into a new place, possibly a new style of worship, and possibly even with hopes of a new way of life.
Come with your hopes and dreams. Come with your failures and disappointments. Come knowing that you are loved and forgiven by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Come knowing that you will also be loved by the people of Good Shepherd.
We really mean it when we say, "Everyone is welcome here."