New to St. Nick's?For Visitors
Worship is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday followed by Christian education at 10:45. In between we enjoy brunch in our parish hall.
A healing service with unction and communion is conducted at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel to the right of the entrance.
About the Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church has over 2 million members and is part of the Anglican Communion, an international body of more than 60 million faithful.
Here are a few distinctive traits that explain what we’re about.
We take as essential to the faith only what can be supported by Scripture.
The ancient creeds of the undivided church are foundational to faith and worship.
The Episcopal Church preserved the central beliefs and customs of both the Protestant Reformation and the undivided church of the first several centuries. Our service is a contemporary adaptation of the earliest forms of Christian worship.
We strive for joy, reverence and relevance in worship. Many were first drawn to the Episcopal Church by the dignity, holiness and participatory character of our worship.
We take very seriously God’s gift of reason, and we invite questions and uncertainties. We strive for unity in love, not uniformity in thought. Listening to and living out the questions we face is part of the Episcopal Church’s distinctive gift.
What to Expect
Arriving early for Sunday worship, one may be surprised how quiet everyone is. Episcopalians treat that time before the worship service as personal prayer/meditation time. Many Episcopalians maintain a quiet reverence afterwards as well.
During the worship service, everyone participates: standing for hymns, the reading of the Gospel, and the recitation of the Creeds. Many Episcopalians also stand for prayers while others kneel. Typically, the congregation participates in the reading of the Psalm for that day, as well as certain prayers said in unison, and several hymns.
The worship service, originating in the Book of Common Prayer, is usually printed in booklet form at St. Nick’s, making the service easier to follow. Midway through the service, we “pass the peace” — a way to greet one’s neighbor with a handshake or even a hug. When the priest says: “The peace of the Lord be with you,” the congregation responds, “And also with you.”
Every Sunday at St. Nick’s we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Sometimes called Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion, this sacrament was initiated by Jesus with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. Guided by ushers, Episcopalians kneel or stand at the altar rail to receive the bread and wine.
Episcopalians enjoy visiting with guests and newcomers, as well as each other, after the worship service, over coffee and refreshments in the parish hall. Join us for worship and stay for coffee!