Each Sunday service includes scripture readings, prayers, and a celebration of the Eucharist (communion). People sit, stand and kneel at various times in the worship service — if this is physically comfortable to the individual. No one will criticize you if you don’t “do things right.”
Most worship services include three readings from the Bible. A lay reader (lector) reads the first reading — from the Old Testament. This is followed by a Psalm that we read or sing together. Then a second reader reads the day’s reading from a New Testament letter (epistle). We stand to sing another hymn, and remain standing to hear the priest read the Gospel. If you’d like to read the Sunday scriptures ahead of time, you can find them in the weekly E-news.
Our weekly celebration of Holy Eucharist is a celebration of the resurrection. This ancient and sacred meal feeds us and bonds us together as the body of Christ. All baptized persons are welcome to partake of the communion bread — “the body of Christ, the bread of heaven” and of the chalice — “the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.”
When you receive the communion bread or wafer, you may eat it at once, and then drink from the chalice. Or you may save the bread and dip it into the chalice before consuming it. If you do not wish the wine, just cross your arms as the chalice bearer reaches you, and receive a blessing.
If you don’t wish to participate in communion, you’re welcome to come to God’s Table for a blessing. Come to the altar, cross your arms before your chest, and the priest will bless you.
Special needs at Eucharist
Gluten-free wafers are available; simply ask the Celebrant for the gluten-free option. If you need the sacrament brought to you, please let an usher know. If you do not want to receive communion, you are invited to God’s table to receive a blessing. When you come forward to the altar, cross your arms over your chest, and the Celebrant will give you a blessing instead of the sacrament.
Beyond the church doors
At the end of each worship service, the priest blesses us and calls out a challenge. “Go forth, and serve the Lord!” We all respond, “Thanks be to God!” and in some seasons of the year, add “Alleluia! Alleluia!”
If you look at the list of church staff on the back of the Sunday bulletin, you’ll see written:
“Ministers: All the people of Grace-Calvary.” We take this seriously, as we go about our lives after each service. We are called to minister to the needs of our local community and to the world as a whole — in our daily work and play.