This is not your parents’ Episcopal church! Worship at Emmanuel is reflective of the rich fabric of our community. On any given Sunday, you may know the person who baked the communion bread, or who designed and sewed the vestments and altar cloths, or who composed the communion motet. Our organizing principle about liturgy acknowledges that, on a given Sunday, any two people may have completely different experiences in worship. One person may have a transcendent feeling during a particular prayer, while another person may simply be enduring it. In short, the variety of our community is reflected in the variety in our liturgy. Each liturgical season brings a change in the prayers we say. We draw language both from the Book of Common Prayer and Enriching our Worship, and hymns from the 1982 Hymnal as well as other sources.
Have you ever wondered what you’d look like in a long white alb? Can you carry a candle without setting something on fire? Do you like to tell stories? Have you always wanted to serve the eucharist? At Emmanuel, our welcoming spirit extends to worship participation, too. And our Worship Committee meetings are open to all, which means everyone’s voice is welcome at the table where the liturgical seasons and participants are planned.