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How And When To Join Us For Worship
What To Expect At Worship Services
ALL ARE WELCOME!
St. Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church is an inclusive community that welcomes all to join us in discovering and celebrating Jesus’ affirming love.
WHAT IS WORSHIP LIKE?
Our traditional Episcopal way of worshipping will seem familiar to those with Anglican or Catholic backgrounds, but no matter what your spiritual background and experience, we offer fresh perspectives and creative touches within our liturgy. All services are offered concurrently in-person and online via Zoom. We offer online worship booklets for each service so everyone, including newcomers to follow along. If preferred worshippers can use the Book of Common Prayer. Traditional hymns and contemporary music at our 10:00 am service will help draw you into our worship experience. Should the Spirit prompt, you can sing along at home with the aid of the on-screen lyrics!
CAN I TAKE COMMUNION?
For now, Communion is offered at drive-through Eucharists on the first Sunday of every month, with clergy dispensing bread and wine in factory-sealed, single-use containers to people inside their cars. To participate: after the 10:00 am service drive up to the round-about upper driveway in front of our church at 11:15 am, stay in your car, wear a mask, and receive Communion. All are welcome to partake. For the dates when we are offering our drive-through Eucharists, please check our Event section.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR ONLINE WORSHIP?
• You will need the Zoom link and a computer, computer tablet, or smart phone to view the service.
• To fully participate you will need the worship booklet you can access online on a Google link, or we can send you an email with a pdf or Word Doc version of the booklet if you contact our church office. You can also attend without it and just experience the sights and sounds of the service.
• You can also have a Book of Common Prayer, but it isn’t necessary.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We don’t require anyone to dress up to attend our online or in-person services, although you can if you choose. Some people wear their Sunday best, others dress casually and comfortably. We believe the fact you chose to join us for worship is more important to God than what you wear. Even cozy pajamas are acceptable on Zoom!
Worship For Kids, Teen & Families
As we teach and celebrate the love of Jesus our family ministry strives to support parents, grandparents, and other grown-ups in their roles as their child’s and teen’s main spiritual mentor.
WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN
9:30 am Sunday Online Church School (starts September 12th):
NOTE: Due to new COVID conditions, in-person church school is postponed until it is safe to gather again. To get the Zoom link to join online church school, please contact our church office.
When we are able to gather in-person again, children and teachers preschool through 3rd grade gather on most Sundays during the school year to hear a child-friendly version of one of the lectionary readings for the day or a Godly Play story. This gathering also includes time for prayers, chatting, and choices of fun responses that may be a game, an art project, a themed activity, or free choice from our resource-rich classrooms.
Children 4th grade and up gather and also hear a version of the lectionary story, with their response mostly concentrating on service projects throughout the year by their request. Projects may include organizing the annual Egg Hunt and Advent Cookie Project; assisting local agencies such as food banks, William Temple House, or the Beaverton School District; collecting food, books, or health sundries for distribution to the needy; participating in earth-friendly activities; or designing their own project such as participating in Five Talents to fund microloans in developing countries.
Our teachers are Safe Church Trained and committed to serving children and families in their teaching ministry. We also offer an option for parents to present the lesson themselves at home for children who can’t attend church school in-person.
During the school year, visiting children are welcome in church school on a drop-in basis. Currently during the summer and every 4-6 weeks in the school year children skip church school and sit with their families in the 10:00 am Rite II service for a family-friendly service and pew project to experience worship with their church community.
Children are welcome to celebrate and learn about the love of Jesus at any of our services. Worship is a celebration of belonging and by participating with their church community children learn that they belong to Christ and are welcome in Christ’s church. Worshipping with the church community regularly familiarizes children with our Episcopal way of worshiping including rituals, hymns, and prayers. Inter-generational worship services can offer gifts for worshipers of all ages. Children give us the gift of trust and a fresh point of view, and adults can share the gift of acceptance, experience, and the wisdom of the church through the ages.
WORSHIP FOR TEENS
High school 9th – 12th graders are welcome to worship with our church community at 10:00 am or any of our services, either sitting with their families or with other youth on the purple fleece pew. They are also encouraged to participate by serving as acolytes, ushers, or readers. Youth group gatherings are postponed for now.
Middle school 6th-8th graders will not be meeting in their classroom for now due to new COVID conditions. They are welcome to sit in any worship service with their parents in the sanctuary. When we can gather again, they will meet with a leader in a classroom during the 10:00 am service and concentrate on service projects, or are also welcome to sit in service.
For more information on our youth group, please go here.
Our acolytes robe up and serve as companions and helpers for our celebrants during worship. The duties include: serving as crucifiers and torchbearers to the server and thurifer; ringing bells; holding the Gospel for the reading; other tasks. Acolyte membership currently consists of 10-15 children ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old, and some adults. We have seen how the experiences acolytes have while serving helps them develop a deeper understanding of our Episcopal liturgy and a closer connection to the church and our church family. Acolyte training sessions are held as needed, especially before High Holy Days.
What Does It Mean To Be An Episcopalian?
St. Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Oregon, which is a diocese of The Episcopal Church, a community of 2.5 million worshippers in about 120 dioceses across the United States and abroad. We are led by the Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Diana Akiyama, and nationally by Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church The Most Rev. Michael Curry.
“If it’s not about love,
it’s not about God.”
~ Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
The Episcopal Church is part of the larger Anglican Communion, which is a worldwide community of more than 77 million who intentionally maintain community and commonality in prayer and worship in more than 500 dioceses in 164 countries.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
God is with us – all of us. As Episcopalians, this reminder is woven throughout our worship services and compels us into lives of faithful action in our communities and worlds, seeking and serving the image of God that is found in every person.
As members of The Episcopal Church, our worship is grounded in the liturgies found in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). No matter what church you find yourself in, this red book greets you with a wealth of devotional resources and information about the Sacraments of our common spiritual life.
The focal point of our worship services is the Holy Eucharist (also called Mass, Communion, or the Lord’s Table). In this Sacrament, we come together as the family of God to receive the bread and wine, acknowledging our unity with God and each other, and anchoring ourselves in the holy love that strengthens and nourishes us.
In our Baptismal Covenant, which we repeat several times throughout the year, we make the promises that guide how we put our faith into action:
- We will continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
- We will persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent, and return to the Lord.
- We will proclaim the Good News of God in Christ by word and example.
- We will seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.
- We will strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.
(BCP p. 304-305)