Be thoughtful, be silent, be reverent; for this is the House of God. Before the service, speak to the Lord; during the service let the Lord speak to you; after the service, speak to one another.
The Holy Eucharist: All
baptized Christians—no matter age or denomination—are welcome to “receive
communion.” Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we
take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. Visitors
who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the
Communion to receive a blessing. Ushers will indicate when it is
time for those in your pew to step forward. Please line up in the center aisle
in two lines. Those on the right should fill in the altar rail from the right
side to the center. Those in the left line should fill in at the altar rail
from the center to the left. You may stand or kneel as you prefer. Return to
your pew along the side aisles
To receive the bread and wine, place your hands one on top of the other with palms up to show that you wish to receive the bread. Once you have the wafer, you may eat it or pick it up and hold it to dip, or intinct, into the chalice of wine. To drink the wine from the chalice, simply guide the cup to your lips when offered by the chalice bearer. After the chalice has passed to the person next to you, return to your pew via the side aisle. If you do not want to receive communion for any reason, please cross your arms over your chest to let the servers know and you will receive a blessing instead. If you would like communion brought to your pew, please tell an usher.
The Book of Common Prayer: This is a red book found in your pew. It contains all the prayers and responses for the service. The page numbers needed are listed in the bulletin.
The 1982 Hymnal: This is the blue book found in your pew. It contains hymns and other music for the service. The hymn numbers are listed in your bulletin and on the board in the front of the church. Service music (such as a Kyrie, Gloria or certain prayers set to music) is also available in the front of the Hymnal. This music is listed in the bulletin with an “S” (service) before the number.
LEVAS (Lift Every Voice and Sing): This is the black and red book found in your pew. Songs are listed in the bulletin and on the front board with LEVAS in front of the number.Bible: There are Bibles available in every pew