For Visitors

 

Highpoint Episcopal Community Church welcomes your entire family to worship with us. All members of your family, regardless of age, may participate in the services. Style of dress is your choice.

 

Entering the Church


IMG Alter CrossGreeters or ushers welcome all who enter. If you need assistance, they will answer your questions about the service. On your first visit, our ushers will offer you a copy of the weekly Church bulletin, which contains an outline of the Church service, including hymn numbers, service music, prayers, and readings. The hymns can be found in the blue hymnal on the shelf at the back of the pew. The text of the psalm is included in the bulletin. Also included in the bulletin are announcements and items of interest. 

 

 

The Service


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Services are conducted in contemporary, English language, using Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer. The service is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, which is the Greek word meaning "Thanksgiving."  In the Eucharist, we give thanks for what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. The Holy Eucharist is also known as Holy Communion, for in it we commune with God and with each other as the Body of Christ.


The Episcopal service is like a drama, divided into several acts, in which the members of the congregation are invited to engage. 


IMG BooksThe first act of the drama is "The Liturgy of the Word," based on Jewish worship that preceded Christianity. God's mighty acts in history are recalled through scripture.  The Psalm, Sermon, Hymnody, and Prayers and the Exchange of Peace, are our response to the scriptures.


The second act of the drama is "The Liturgy of the Table." Through repeating the words and actions of Jesus' last meal with his disciples, we join the story and make it our own. In a mystery, bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, and thereby, an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace.

 

At the exchange of the peace, the celebrant says "The peace of the Lord be with you." The members of the congregation reply, "And also with you." Then, the members greet one another saying, "God's peace" or "the peace of the Lord" or similar words, while they reconnect their bonds of fellowship with each other.

 

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