What to Expect During Worship

When you arrive, a greeter will welcome you and offer a printed bulletin that contains the order of service and Sunday announcements. Please feel free to sit wherever you like. If you need assistance finding a seat, please do not hesitate to ask an usher.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is the organ music if you’re at the 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. Sunday service—here at St. Gregory’s, as in most Episcopal churches, we love our organ! The music connects us to the Episcopal Church’s rich history and reminds us of the awesome power of God’s love. You can hear our outstanding choir during the Choral Eucharist at 10 a.m. on Sundays. You will likely notice the prominent stained glass windows in the sanctuary as well, beautiful renditions of Christ and Biblical history. They are especially gorgeous in the morning.

In the pew, you’ll find The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and a hymnal. In the Episcopal Church, liturgy is taken from the BCP. Our bulletin is very “user friendly” and contains the entire liturgy, including the special music and appointed reading from Holy Scripture. 

Services last about an hour. Our rector, Rev. Andrew Sherman, delivers most sermons, but we also enjoy lessons from our assistant rector, Rev. Angela Cortiñas and occasionally guest pastors. Typically we stand to sing and proclaim the Gospel, sit to hear the sermon, and kneel as able for prayer. Don’t worry, all directions are printed in the bulletin, and you are free to stand, sit, and kneel as you are able.

All are welcome to join us for Holy Communion, perhaps the most spiritual part of the service where we reflect on Christ’s sacrifice and celebrate our lives in Him. Wheat-free Communion wafers are available; just ask at the altar or inform an usher before services begin. We also offer alcohol-free grape juice in place of wine. You are also welcome to come forward for any special blessings, such as birthday or anniversary recognitions.

Before you go, please fill out a St. Gregory’s visitor information card found in the pew or the entry area of the church. The completed card may be placed in the offering plate, handed to an usher, or given to a member of the clergy. We would love to get to know you better!

After services, we invite you to join us in Harris Hall (east of the sanctuary, accessed via the center courtyard) for coffee hour. It would be our clergy’s pleasure to meet and speak with you.

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Childcare: Children of all ages are welcome at services (for information about Sunday School which takes place during the first half of the 10 AM worship service, click here [link to the Sunday School page]). Childcare is provided in the nursery during the 8 AM and 10 AM Sunday service. The nursery also extends its hours to accommodate parents wishing to participate in activities immediately following the service, such as coffee hour. Childcare is also available during most church events and our popular adult Bible studies.

Contemporary Service: Looking for an Episcopal service with a modern twist? On the first Sunday of every month at 10 AM, we have our Simple Gifts contemporary service in Harris Hall for children and families. The Eucharist is also offered during this special service. Read more about Simple Gifts contemporary worship.

Weekday Services: In addition to our three Sunday Services, we also have weekday services in the Chapel of St. Mary. We offer Eucharist Monday-Friday at noon and morning prayers at 9 AM.
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Healing Ministry: Healing prayers, laying-on-of-hands, and anointing are available during Holy Communion at all Sunday services and every Thursday service. To receive laying-on-of-hands, healing prayers, and anointing, go to the altar rail and receive your Holy Communion, then go directly to the Healing and Music Team in the adjacent Chapel of St. Mary. All are welcome.