We are a Spiritual Community in the Episcopal/Anglican Tradition
Grace Church is an Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church USA is part of a world wide communion (kind of like an extended family) of churches which were born out of the Church of England. The English word “Episcopal” come from the Greek word “Episcopos,” which literally means “bishops,” because in Anglican/Episcopal churches the bishop in each diocese (a local/regional grouping of congregations) is a symbol of their unity.
Our other source of unity is common worship using the Book of Common Prayer. We find that in common worship we experience the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit which empowers us to be a community of great diversity. Sunday is the primary day we gather for worship and our primary service is called the Holy Eucharist (it is known in other denominations as: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass).
Our worship style is somewhat traditional in form, yet informal in spirit, and child and family friendly. As one worshiper put it, “We take God seriously, and ourselves with a grain of salt.” Our clergy dress in traditional vestments (a white alb (robe) and a stole) but the congregation, on the other hand, dresses quite casually. Most of our people wear the equivalent of work casual most of the time (some even wear shorts and flip flops in the summer). But if you want to dress a bit more formally, that’s O.K., too (we want you to feel comfortable).
We try to be very “user friendly” in our worship. While our worship is based on the Book of Common Prayer, our entire service in a worship booklet, including all of the responses spoken by the people and all the hymns which will be sung. Generally speaking we stand when we sing or pray and sit when we listen to the reading of the Scripture, the sermon, or announcements.
There is usually a period of fellowship after the service. It is a good time to get to know people. All are welcome.
If you are interested in learning more about the Book of Common Prayer and the Sunday Scripture Readings the links are below: