Your First Visit to our Church

  

 

A few insider tips about worshiping at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church:


The Book of Common Prayer 

 

The Book of Common Prayer is the primary guide forIMG Book of Common Prayer.1

worship in the Episcopal Church. The page numbers from The Book of Common Prayer are usually announced by the ministers throughout the service, but do not be embarrassed to ask your neighbor for the page number if you get lost. Look for the red book near your seat

  

The Readings


IMG Holy Bible.3At Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, readings are usually from the New Revised Standard Version. Our worship bulletin on Sundays includes the lessons of scripture for the service. Of course, you may bring a bible, but what you need for the service is in the bulletin.



 

Hymnal

 

HIMG Hymnal.1ighpoint Episcopal Community Church uses the 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church. Service music to accompany the Holy Eucharist is in the front; these pages have an "S" prefix. Hymns are in the remainder of the book, by number. It is the custom in our church for everyone to sing hymns and service music, except for the anthem sung by the choir during the offertory. Some hymns date back to the earliest use of music in Christian worship; other hymns are modern compositions of both word and music. Usually we have piano accompaniment, but occasionally we use other instruments. Look for the blue book near your seat.


Communion

AIMG Communiont Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, all Christians (including children and non-Episcopalians) are welcome to receive communion at God's altar. Priests or lay Eucharistic Ministers will offer you the bread and wine consecrated as the body and blood of Jesus Christ. You may receive the wine from a common cup or you may prefer "intinction" by dipping the bread in the chalice. If you wish to receive a blessing rather than the Sacrament, simply cross your hands over your heart as a signal for the priest.


 Kneeling optional


Episcopalians have been accused of injecting confusion into the service with all the standing, sitting and kneeling. The general rule is to stand to sing, for affirmations of faith such as the Creed, and for the reading of the Gospel. We sit during readings from the Old Testament, the psalms, or New Testament Letters, the sermon, and the choir anthems. We stand or kneel for prayer to show our gratefulness to God for accepting us as children or as an act of humility before God.

 

Also optional


IMG Alter CrossAt Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, the clergy and the lay persons participating in the service follow several Episcopal traditions and customs, such as making the sign of the cross and bowing to the altar as a way of showing their love and respect for God. Whether you follow these customs is entirely up to you.


 The Peace


The peace is an ancient Christian practice.  The peace is a liturgical exchange of greeting through word and gesture. It is a sign of reconciliation, love, and renewed relationships in the Christian community. Prior to communion, the peace is initiated by the celebrant, who says, "The peace of the Lord be always with you." The people respond, "And also with you." The ministers and parishioners then leave their pews to greet one another warmly in the name of the Lord.  At Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, this greeting is genuine and often lasts for a number of minutes (allowing everyone to greet each other) until the celebrant regains order by announcing Church news and events.


 Following the Service


The clergy greet the parishioners as they leave the sanctuary. Many people remain in the parish hall to enjoy a cup of coffee and engage with friends in conversation.  This is the HECC way of extending fellowship to all -- one of several things that we do exceptionally well -- making HECC the "friendliest little neighborhood Church in Sandy Springs."  We encourage you to join us in this wonderful tradition.
 
 

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