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Worship

Parish Picnic on Sunday, September 26: Following the 10:00 a.m. service, join us on the front lawn and enjoy grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, old-fashioned games, music, and fun, pandemic-safe activities for all ages. Please bring chairs or blankets to sit on and a side dish or salad to share. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream will be provided. Dress casual and ready for fun.

Taizé Contemplative Worship on Sunday, September 26: Join us in St. Mary’s Chapel at 5:00 p.m. for this powerful and moving combination of song and scripture featuring lush greenery, candles, icons, and considerable time spent in silent meditation. Masks will be required of all worshipers.

Sunday Worship Time Change: Starting on Sunday, October 3 our Sunday worship time will move to 9:30 a.m. followed by formation for children, youth, and adults from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Sunday

Coffee and Fellowship Hour 11:15 a.m. In-Person

Join us in the church Narthex for coffee and conversation. All are welcome for an informal fellowship hour—a chance to see one another and chat.

Worship is at the heart of our community. Our experience of God creates a sacred life which changes the way we live, treating ourselves and others with dignity. Fed at Christ’s table, we take that deep nourishment out into the world, recognizing Christ’s presence everywhere. All of our ministries are a response to the love of God we experience around the table. It is a profound claim on our hearts, minds and bodies.

Monday

Centering Prayer 1:30 p.m. on Zoom

Please join us for Centering Prayer, a means of Christian meditation that uses a single word for us to rest our attention while we come before the presence of God. This will include a brief check-in, an opening prayer, brief instruction, 20 minutes of silence and then a brief closing prayer. Please follow the link below and follow the prompts.

Tuesday

Compline and Conversation 8:00 p.m. on Zoom

Compline is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer. You may use our online Prayer Book HERE.

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Men’s Bible Study 6:45–7:45 a.m. on Zoom

Join us on Zoom early for coffee followed by our Bible study. Please contact the Rev. Jon Strand or Ray Wadlow to RSVP. We are using the Bible study guide from St. Stephen’s Richmond—found below—to start out. We will generally meet weekly, taking breaks for holidays and the summer.

Wednesday

Noonday Prayer 12:00 Noon on Zoom

Join us on our YouTube Channel for a brief 10 to 12 minute meditation.

Women’s Bible Study 8:00 p.m. on Zoom

Women of Holy Comforter, let’s connect, reflect, and virtually unwind from the day together. Join us at 8:00 p.m. for fellowship, some silence and reflection on the next Sunday’s Gospel passage. Every week, please contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie to be included—first come, first served (limit 20). Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you!

NOTE: Women’s Bible Study is on hiatus for the summer.

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Worship Ministry

Helping our community prepare for and celebrate all the services of our liturgical life.

Acolytes & Vergers:

All youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to serve in the Acolyte Ministry. Acolytes not only grow spiritually by playing an active, meaningful role in the liturgies, but also develop tremendous leadership skills as they grow from being a young torch bearer to captain of their own team. School volunteer hours can also be earned. Vergers are committed lay people who assist the clergy in the conduct of public worship. Their varied tasks include recruiting, training and directing the acolytes, physical preparation of the worship space, coordination of lay ministers, ordering and marshaling of processions, as well as general safekeeping of the church building. Vergers are selected by the rector.

Digital Ministry:

Run the audio and video for services in the Sanctuary and help live stream and record services—which involves monitoring the sound and video systems to ensure proper volumes, camera coverage, recording and troubleshooting and possible video editing for recorded services. An important part of the ministry is facilitating holiday services which expand the audio and video capabilities throughout the church building to accommodate the increased number of parishioners attending those services.

Eucharistic Ministers:

As Eucharistic Minister, you will serve the chalice of consecrated wine at the altar during Holy Eucharist at Sunday and special services. Lead Eucharistic Ministers assist the Priest in the preparation and serving of the Holy Eucharist, lead the procession, and perform other duties during Saturday services.

Greeters:

Greet people as they arrive at the services and assist any newcomers to find what they might need after the service—an excellent way to help with a person’s journey of faith. All that is needed is a welcoming attitude and every other talent and essential knowledge will develop on its own.

Lectors & Intercessors:

Read the lessons and/or psalm for the day and offer the prayers of the people as assigned for each service.

Manna Makers:

Bake the bread for our Eucharistic services using a standard recipe and a lot of love. Teams of bakers bake on a rotating basis and are happy to train new recruits.

Music Ministry:

The Adult Choir and Choristers serve on Sunday mornings and at other special services or events. The Chorister program uses the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training curriculum called Voice for Life.

St. Mary’s Altar Guild:

Members prepare the worship spaces for the gatherings of God’s people: Holy Eucharist, Evensong, Baptism, Weddings, Funerals, Taize, and special liturgies. We take care of the sacred vessels, linens, and vestments working in teams that rotate weekly. At Christmas and Easter we decorate the church in celebration of our lives together in Christ. The Altar Guild is open to all parishioners ages 14 and up. We will train you!

Ushers:

Provide assistance in seating, handing out bulletins, and other logistics for services.