Emmanuel Church offers two worship services on most Sunday mornings, 8am and 10am. In the summer we offer just one service at 9am. Our 10am service and summer 9am service can also both be found on Zoom for those who would prefer to worship from home. Please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the Zoom link.
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 4 is available beginning at 9:45 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 Interim Priest or Deacon—or, on occasion, a guest preacher or celebrant—offers a thoughtful sermon that enriches our worship and helps us grow as Christians.