HOW WE WORSHIP

It can sometimes feel intimidating to enter a church where you have never worshiped. At first you might feel lost or self-conscious when everybody but you seems to know what they're doing and you are not sure whether to sit or stand. At St. Barnabas, we are relatively informal in our approach to worship, and be assured nobody will be singled out or made to feel uncomfortable. You are our respected and welcome guest. Please don't hesitate to ask our greeters at the door if you have any questions. If you need help following along in the Prayer Book or Hymnals during the service, please ask someone sitting close to you for assistance. Many of our parishioners have come to the Episcopal Church from other denominations and they will be more than willing to lend a hand.

The Episcopal Church is a sacramental community. Every Sunday we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Eucharist (Communion) the remembrance of Christ's death and resurrection made concrete in the bread and wine. As you participate in the Eucharist over time the logic of this service will grow clearer. We begin by listening to scripture and reflecting on its meaning for life. Then we move through prayer, confession and forgiveness as we become the family of God gathered around the table of God, living ever so briefly the life of heaven before we return again to the world, hopefully transformed and renewed to live life differently.

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