Worship With Us

Our life together is centered around opportunities to worship together. As we worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the Sacraments.

Holy Eucharist

Saturday Celtic Eucharist

5:30 pm in the Parish Hall - The liturgy for this service varies and is based on the spirituality and prayers of the Iona Community.

Sunday Morning (all Rite II):

7:30 am at Lebanon Chapel, Airlie Gardens (no music)

9:00 am (with organ)

11:15 am (with organ, adult choir during the school year)

Morning Prayer

Monday through Thursday mornings at 8:30 am (enter through the sacristy door)

Healing Eucharist

Tuesdays at 10:45 am - Come seeking prayer for yourself or a friend or loved one.

Meditation

Wednesdays at 7:30 am (enter through the sacristy door)

Yoga/Meditation

Thursdays at 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)

We also offer a Rite I Eucharist at Plantation Village the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am and at the Davis Community the first Thursday of the month at 10 am.

Children in Worship

By participating in worship, children learn that they belong to Christ and they are welcome in God’s church! By joining in worship, children begin to build a collection of memorable, shared experiences of Christian community and hear stories from the Bible read and interpreted. They learn that worship is a place for them to speak to God and a place where God may speak to them. Children of all ages, even if fidgety or cooing, are welcome in our worship services.

On the first Sunday of the month, children are invited to the altar during the Great Thanksgiving to get a better look at what happens during Holy Communion.

On their way into church, children are welcome to take a “Sunday Paper” coloring packet (located in the Narthex). Based on that week’s Scripture readings, each packet also has a parent page for further discussion and prayer. We encourage you to read this over at home and talk about the lesson of God’s great love with your children. Please return the bag and crayons in the basket on the way out.

A nursery is available from 8:45am - 12:15pm for children birth to 5-years of age. Sunday School is offered between services at 10:00.

Music

The beauty of music enriches our worship at our 9:00 and 11:15 services on Sunday morning. Our traditional hymns are accompanied by a hybrid pipe/electric organ.

Our adult choir sings at the 11:15 service (except in the summer). A children’s choir offers the prelude at the 9:00 service on the first Sunday of the month.

A handbell choir, small ensembles, soloists and guest musicians also participate in our worship.

To learn more about our choirs and how you can be a part of the music ministry, please contact our Music Director Mark Gansor at mgansor@saots.org or 910.256.3034 x103.

Accessibility Concerns

If you have challenges that prevent you from using the steps into our worship space, there is a ramp on the northeast side of the building. Directly inside this door is a pew with an area for a wheelchair. If another space is needed, an usher would be happy to help find the best place to suit your needs.

Though most of the congregation comes forward to receive communion, the clergy would be happy to bring communion to you. Simply indicate this preference to an usher who will help the clergy find you.

Our Saturday evening Eucharist takes place in our parish hall which does not require steps or a ramp and has plenty of seating options. If a member of your family would prefer a quieter service with limited sensory stimulation and an opportunity to wiggle or wander, you may find this service appealing..

Your First Time Visiting?

Unsure of what to expect?

As you enter the church, an usher will hand you a bulletin. This has the general order of service, the hymn numbers, Scripture readings and announcements about upcoming events. Items with numbers in the BCP (Book of Common Prayer) can be found in the red book. Most hymns are in the blue hymnal. Those that begin with an S are in the front of the hymnal. Hymn numbers higher than 720 are in the green book, Wonder, Love and Praise.

Often, Episcopalians stand to sing and also for the Gospel reading and Creed. We either stand or kneel to pray. Remember, physical postures are meant to lead you into worship, not be an impediment and there is not a “right” or “wrong” way to do it.

During the Communion, you will be invited to the altar rail to receive the bread and wine. The Table is God’s, not Episcopalians’; all baptized Christians, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to receive. Place your hands out in front of you to receive the bread. (Only using one hand will indicate you need the gluten free option) The chalice of wine will be offered; you may dip the wafer into the wine, take a sip from the chalice or cross your arms over your chest to indicate you will receive in spirit.