A Warm Welcome
Wherever you are on your faith journey, at St. Martin you will find the opportunity for fellowship, forming of faith, and praise and worship of God; also, as you may wish, the joy of belonging to and serving through a community that is centered in Christ’s ministry of love. The privilege of welcoming you into our parish family is an exciting possibility. May God bless you, your family, and your visit with us.
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Here are answers to questions you may have about St. Martin and the Episcopal faith. Click each question to reveal the answers.
When you arrive, the ushers will give you a bulletin. Start with that, as it contains in order all page and hymn numbers that you will need for worship. In fact, portions of the liturgy, and the Scripture lessons appointed for that Sunday, are printed out in it verbatim for your convenience.
The focus of the first half of our liturgy is on the pulpit, the reading of Scripture, and the Word of God. For the second half, the focus shifts to the altar. There we celebrate the Holy Communion, which is a reenactment of the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples.
All baptized Christians, including children, are welcome to receive the bread and wine at Communion. If you’d prefer not to, or prefer your children not to, that is fine; if you wish to come forward but not receive, that is fine, too, just fold your hands and the priest will give a blessing; otherwise, put right hand over left for the wafer and guide the chalice by its base to your lips.
The 8 a.m. service includes a more traditional Eucharist (Rite I) with a penitential focus, a quiet reflective ambience, and sermon. There is no music.
Our 10 a.m. service is Eucharist (Rite II) and reflects a more joyful spirit of thanksgiving and praise. A broadly conceived worship experience, this service appeals to the diversity of faith needs of young, older, and family. Rite II features hymns and a choral offering from our parish choir or one of the other parish music ensembles. Lots of folks participate in this worship, as we celebrate the ministry and gifts of our members.
At the start of the 10 a.m. worship we also have Children’s Chapel for youngsters, ages three through six, within the context of Godly Play, which is a Montessori based Christian education program. Children return to the Nave at the Offertory to join their parents for Eucharist.
Our Christian formation activities begin the Sunday following Labor Day in the fall and end on Pentecost Sunday in late May. You and your children are welcome to attend any of the classes. Or, request a topic. Probably you’re not alone in your interest or inquiry, and we love to respond to opportunities for Christian formation.
Perhaps, the word Episcopal is new to you. It comes from the Greek word for over-sight and refers in the New Testament to the ministry of the apostles who oversaw the initial growth of Christianity. Translated into Old English, the word becomes bishop.
What do Episcopalians believe?
The four hallmarks of an Episcopal understanding of the Christian faith follow:
- The historic episcopate, as noted above, refers to bishops who continue the work of the first apostles of the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church, and ordaining men and women to continue Christ’s ministry.
- Holy Scripture, we believe, is the revealed word of God who inspired the human authors of the constituent books of the Old and New Testaments. The leadership of the Church, clergy and laity together, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, interpret scripture.
- The Nicene Creed is the basic statement of our belief about God. It was adopted in the A.D. 300s by the early church fathers and is proclaimed every Sunday in Episcopal churches in the United States and throughout the Anglican world.
- Baptism and Holy Eucharist, the two great sacraments of the Gospel, are given by Christ to his Church. In Baptism, we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In the Holy Eucharist, we remember and participate in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ until his coming again.
What’s unique about Episcopalians?
Our Anglican identity is contemporary. It is formed and renewed by sacred conversation within the worshipping community, as we encounter God in and through the story of Jesus. It is historical. Episcopalians share a rich heritage of faith from both ancient Catholic (Roman and Celtic) origins in England and the Reformation in Europe. And, it is prayer centered. We Episcopalians find our unity as we celebrate Holy Eucharist, with liturgy written in the Book of Common Prayer — a worship resource that is distinctive to the Episcopal Church USA.
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