Our Spiritual Journey
Worshiping at St Gabriel Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church celebrates progressive values in a traditional worship environment. We host a communion during each and every service to celebrate the life and death of Jesus Christ. All visitors are welcome to join us in this Holy Eucharist. Come as you are and welcome the love of Jesus into your life.
On Sunday mornings we begin the day reading Morning Prayer as found in the Book of Common Prayer. Prayer starts at 7:30, and people arrive throughout the service. Following Morning Prayer is our first Eucharist of the day. At 8:00, we host a traditional spoken service. This service tends to be more contemplative, and does not include music.
At 10:00, we gather for our main service, which includes music. Church School is held during the first part of the service. Children join their families in time to share Communion. The music at St. Gabriel is extraordinary. Our Choir Director is classically trained and also sings jazz. She is well connected in the music community around Portland and often invites her musical friends to share their gifts. Our Organist is an amazing musician who often pens his own pieces to share on Sundays. Our choir sings all but one Sunday a month.
Three to four times a year, Church School is cancelled and our kids join the congregation for a “Family Service”, with the sermon being more “kid friendly”.
Birthdays and special occasions are celebrated during both services and coffee hour follows after the final blessing at each.
On Wednesday mornings we hold a Healing Eucharist at 9:30. The average attendance for this service varies from 5-15 people. Holy Unction (laying on of hands and anointing with oil) is offered to any who wish special prayer.
Our community is made up of all kinds of folks and all are welcome – the best way to get to know us, is to worship with us…stop by, there will be a smile and a cup of coffee waiting for you!
“…with God nothing shall be impossible!”
-The Archangel Gabriel