For the first-time visitor, our worship services can be exhilarating … or confusing. Services often involve movements, rituals, and spoken responses — all of which may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. In general, our worship:
• Follows the order of service given in the Book of Common Prayer*, the Episcopal Church’s prayer book
• Involves the whole congregation, not just the priest, in the service
• Engages not just the mind but also the body, as we stand, sit, kneel, and eat
• Employs a variety of music styles, from traditional hymns to contemporary praise songs, from classical pieces to bluegrass
• Balances “Word” and “Sacrament,” including a sermon and Holy Communion
• Welcomes all baptized Christians — no matter one’s age or denomination — to participate in communion.
• Follows the social distancing precautions as establish by the Diocese of Southern Virginia in consultation with the Commonwealth of Virginia, (when regathering is allowed).
For more information about what we do on Sundays — and why — check out this “Annotated Order of Service,” which explains the reason for the various parts of the worship service.
*The entire Book of Common Prayer
Service Times at Good Shepherd