Emmanuel Church offers two worship services on Sunday mornings.
Our early Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. uses traditional language (called Rite I) inherited from the Reformation era. It offers a smaller, more intimate worship experience, attracting 12 to 20 participants each week. The liturgy is spoken, with a final hymn sung on the first Sunday of the month.
Our 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist is a larger weekly celebration. It uses more contemporary, but still dignified language (called Rite II), and features organ music and the voices of our talented choir.
In the Episcopal Church we believe that the sacrament of Holy Eucharist (also called Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper) is a gift from God. All are welcome to share in gift with us, regardless of denominational background.
Children are an important part of our congregation. During the academic year, children are invited to gather in the Parish Hall for Church School at 10:00 a.m. After about 40 minutes of education, the children join the rest of the congregation for Holy Communion. Professionally staffed child care for children under age 3 is available beginning at 9:30 a.m. These youngest members are also welcome to join us for Communion or a blessing each week.
During the summer months, we combine our worship into one 9:00 a.m. service, alternating between Rites I and II. We also offer Services of Morning Prayer several times each year. Each week, our Rector—or, on occasion, a guest preacher or celebrant—offers thoughtful sermon that enriches our worship and helps us grow as Christians.