About Worship at Calvary

Worship services in any Episcopal church are based on the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).  To newcomers, knowing when to stand, sit, or kneel, as well as all the other activities that occur during a worship service, can seem a little confusing.  Not to worry, the BCP describes all the appropriate actions for every part of the service.  

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Readers, prayer intercessors, chalice bearers,principal servers:  our Lay Eucharistic ministry is as varied as it is deep and rich.  

Receiving the elements of the bread and wine, the sacramental elements of the Eucharist, unites us to and reminds us of God's presence in and with us:  chalicists (those who hold the chalice or cup of wine) asssit in the congregation's receiving of the wine of worship.

The readings of scripture in worship end with, The word of the Lord."  In this we name that hearing texts in worship is more than simply listenin; it is the invitation of God through these spoken words.

In prayer we offer our hopes,our concerns, our longings,beliefs and our bewilderments to God.  It is a practice of speaking and listening, of offering and receiving.  In worship we offer prayer both personal and communal.  The offering of prayers in worship is led by the Prayer Intercessors.

All of those who serve during our worship services receive special training to assist them in their ministry.  Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharisitc Minister, please contact the Rector.

 

Acolytes

Symbols are a significant in liturgical worship. Acolytes bear symbols such as the cross, candles, seasonal banners, as they lead us in various movements of worship.    They light the candles before the service begins.  They lead the Procession at the beginning of the service and the Recession and the end of the service.  In addition, they collect the offerings from the Ushers and assist the Priest in preparation for Holy Communion.  Youth and adults serve in various roles during the procession and service at the altar.

Interested in learning more or becoming an acolyte?  Email Jean Mary Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

Greeters and Ushers

Hospitality is a fundamental virtue found in the stories of scripture.  Greeters and ushers provide hospitaltiy through helping persons find their way into worship including offering service bulletins, assitance in finding seats as well as  assiting in many ways that mae our entrance and participation as welcome and comfortable as possible.

 Interested in learning more about Ushers and Greeters?  Please contact the Church office.

 

 

 

Worship Services

At Calvary Episcopal Church, we celebrate Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) every Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:30 am.  During the summer,  July 1--September 2nd, we will have only one service at 9:30 a.m.  We hold Morning Prayer services on Wednesdays at 10:00 am.  Special services during Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, etc. will be listed on the home page.

Altar Guild

Preparation for worship creates the environment through which we encounter the Sacred.  The Altar Guild prepares our linens, candles, Eucharistic vessels, baptismal vesselsand other elements of worship.  Their preparation of and cleaning up of the altar area is vital offering of hospitatity of worship.   The Altar Guild also selects and arranges the flowers for each service.

Interested in learning more of joining the Altar Guild?  Please contact the Church Office at 540-635 2763.