About Episcopal Services

 Everyone is welcome to join us for our services and worship.

If you have never worshiped in an Episcopal Church, you will notice that as well as the bible being the foundation of our Christian faith, we also use hymnals, and the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). On Sundays the bulletin, or order of service, will guide you through with all necessary page references. You will soon appreciate how the prayers, music, readings and activities at the altar aid us in bringing our minds and hearts to God.

The Hymnal
We use two hymnals at Good Shepherd, located in the shelf in front of you in the pew. The blue hymnal contains traditional hymns and anthems, plus service music for the Gloria and Sanctus, also sung in the service. The black hymnal with red spine, called Lift every Voice and Sing, contains many contemporary and gospel hymns and songs. We sing a mixture of traditional and modern hymns at Good Shepherd.

The Book of Common Prayer
The red book in the shelf is the BCP, the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. It contains all of the Church's services, together with additional prayers and devotions for private use. At Good Shepherd we often use other prayers from the versions of the BCP used in New Zealand, South Africa and elsewhere in the Anglican Communion.

The Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, sometimes called the Lord's Supper, is the principal service in our church, celebrating Christ’s presence with all gathered together in preparation. It is divided into two parts: The Word of God and the Holy Communion.

          The Word of God

          Before the sacrament of the Eucharist we pray, sing, and read scriptures from the Old and New Testaments, set for each Sunday or Holy Day. We also re-affirm our faith by    saying together the Creed. The hymns chosen correspond to the season of the Christian Year or the theme of the day. The Word of God concludes with the exchange of Peace when we greet one another with words or a handshake. We then offer to God our monetary gifts as tangible symbols of our life and labor, together with the gifts of bread and wine.

        The Holy Communion
          The Great Thanksgiving follows with the consecration of the bread and wine. Everyone is welcome to come to kneel at the altar rail to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion., or to receive a blessing instead. This is the commemoration of the Last Supper on the night before Jesus' crucifixion, celebrated throughout the Christian faith.

After the Service
After the Blessing and final hymn, the Eucharist concludes with a dismissal to go out and live the gospel in the community and the world.

 

After the service we invite everyone to stay for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall.