8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist – Rite I in the Chapel
10:00 AM – Sung Eucharist -Rite II – in the Church
Nursery Care is available from 9:45 until noon.
Your first visits
Visiting a new church can be pretty intimidating. Take heart: Many people who visit and join Saint Elisabeth’s have little experience with the Anglican church. You will not be singled out as a visitor; rather, you will be our guest and we promise do our best to make your first visit as comfortable as possible.
How will I know when to stand, sit, or kneel?
Generally, we stand to sing, recite the Creed, for the reading of the Gospel, and to pray. We sit while the Bible is being read, during the sermon, announcements, and when the choir is singing. During the prayers, some people kneel while some people prefer to stand–both are appropriate. But please don’t worry about doing the wrong thing at the wrong time; what matters is your communion with God during the service.
Receiving the Eucharist
The center of our worship each week is the sacrament of Holy Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper). In the Eucharist we share in bread and wine in remembrance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, just as Christ commanded at his Last Supper with his disciples. But we also experience the mystery of Christ’s presence among us here and now.
While we worship in the Episcopal tradition, the Eucharist is God’s table and all people are welcome to share in the feast. When you come to the altar you may choose to receive the bread and wine, or just the bread, or you may come forward with arms crossed over your chest to receive a blessing. The bread we use is vegan and gluten free. We also have a chalice with unfermented grape juice.
Where do I take my children?
Children always have a place at St Elisabeth’s. As you come in the front door there is a large basket with crayons, quiet activities and a special service bulletin just for kids. We have professionally staffed nursery care open from 9:45am until noon. A special service and formation time for children aged 3-5 or 6 meets in the Chapel at 10:00 AM. This group gathers with Ms. Milloro by the chapel at 9:50am and returns to their family in time to receive Communion. Christian Formation starts at 11:15am.
What is the difference between Rite I and Rite II?
The Book of Common Prayer offers the same forms of worship in two different styles of language. Our 8 am service (Rite I) is conducted in the poetic language of Elizabethan England. For example:
“It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.” (p.341)
The same prayer at our 10 am service (Rite II) is given in modernized English:
“It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” (p.361)
Try both and see which speaks to you. Know that God hears your prayers no matter what language you employ.