What to Expect

What to Expect

Arriving early for Sunday worship, one may be surprised how quiet everyone is. Episcopalians treat that time before the worship service as personal prayer/meditation time. Many Episcopalians maintain a quiet reverence afterwards as well.

During the worship service, everyone participates: standing for hymns, the reading of the Gospel, and the recitation of the Creeds. Many Episcopalians also stand for prayers while others kneel. Typically, the congregation participates in the reading of the Psalm for that day, as well as certain prayers said in unison, and several hymns.

The worship service, originating in the Book of Common Prayer, is usually printed in booklet form at St. Nick’s, making the service easier to follow. Midway through the service, we “pass the peace” — a way to greet one’s neighbor with a handshake or even a hug. When the priest says: “The peace of the Lord be with you,” the congregation responds, “And also with you.”

Every Sunday at St. Nick’s we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Sometimes called Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion, this sacrament was initiated by Jesus with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. Guided by ushers, Episcopalians kneel or stand at the altar rail to receive the bread and wine.

Episcopalians enjoy visiting with guests and newcomers, as well as each other, after the worship service, over coffee and refreshments in the parish hall. Join us for worship and stay for coffee!