Worship at St. Martin’s
With an emphasis on beautiful liturgy and excellence in music, worship at St. Martin’s provides an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God. Rite I is the form regularly used. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal Church.
Christmas at St. Martin’s
Celebrate this special holy season and fill your hearts with hope and peace during traditional Christmas worship services. Our wonderful Parish Choir is accompanied by the Gloria Dei Organ, Brass Quintet and Tympani during the evening services.
Christmas Eve Services
Wednesday, December 24
1:00 p.m. (New time)
Family service (no Eucharist) with music and Nativity liturgy
3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist and festive music by the Parish Choir, Gloria Dei Organ, Brass and Tympani
The 5:30 p.m. service is our most popular service. If balcony seating or parking a distance from The Church causes difficulty for you or your family, please consider attending one of our other services.
Overflow parking for all services has been arranged at the garage on South Post Oak at Riverway. For those who need assistance, golf carts will pick up pedestrians from this parking garage, as well as from the parking lots on Woodway and near Regions Bank.
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25
Parish Choir and Gloria Dei Organ
Sunday, January 11
8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
9:15 a.m., Family Table
Family-friendly contemporary worship with Holy Eucharist
11:15 a.m., the Altar
Contemporary worship for all ages with Holy Eucharist
Feast of Lights
At the conclusion of the service, weather permitting and with approval of the Fire Marshall, we will celebrate with a fireworks display. Everyone is then invited to go to The Island for a youth-hosted reception and fellowship.
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, The Church
Spoken service with sermon
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (first, third and fifth Sundays) or Morning Prayer (second, and fourth Sundays), The Church
Family service with hymns, anthems and full Choir; feast days and other special events may affect the 9:00 a.m. worship schedule.
9:15 a.m. Family Table, Holy Eucharist, Old Church
Family-friendly contemporary worship
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, The Church
Traditional service with hymns, anthems and full Choir
11:15 a.m. The Altar, Holy Eucharist, The Island
Contemporary worship for all ages
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, The Church
Traditional service with hymns, Choir and organist; casual attire
Healing prayer, or prayer for any need, is offered after each service in The Church in the Patron’s Chapel located to the left of the Altar.
Child care is available for newborns – pre-K for all Sunday morning services.
Copies of Sunday sermons are available through St. Martin’s Bookstore & Gift Shoppe for just $3. Click here to hear recent sermons.
7:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Noon Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing (Holy Unction)
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Healing Prayer Service
First Wednesday of the month
5 – 6 p.m.
St. Martin’s chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician holds a healing prayer service for anyone in need of prayer for themselves, friends or family. All interested Parishioners are invited to come and take part in this service, as well as bring anyone else who would like to receive prayer, anointing and the laying on of hands. (Please note: This service will not be held April 1 in observance of Holy Week.)
How to Receive Holy Eucharist
All Christians baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Come to the altar rail as the ushers direct and take the next available place. Our custom is to kneel at the rail, but you may stand if it is more comfortable. After receiving communion, please return to your pew. If you are unable to come to the altar rail, tell one of the ushers and a priest will bring communion to you.
Receiving the Bread and Wine
After receiving the wafer, you may immediately consume it, or you may hold it and intinct (dip) it into the wine; please notice the intinction vessel on the lip of the chalice. To take the wine directly from the chalice, gently guide it to your lips. If you are wearing lipstick, we ask that you please blot your lips before receiving. Gluten-free wafers also are available.
Receiving the Bread Alone
Receiving either the bread or wine alone is considered full communion. Simply come forward to the altar rail and cross your arms across your chest as a signal to the priest.
Receiving a Blessing
If you or your children would prefer to receive a blessing rather than communion, simply come forward to the altar rail and cross your arms across your chest as a signal to the priest.
All Children Are Welcome at the Lord’s Table
All baptized Christians – no matter their age – are encouraged to come to the altar rail for Holy Communion. Our young ones have a few options:
- Some children prefer to receive only the bread. Receiving either the bread or wine is considered full communion.
- Those children who prefer not to receive communion may receive a blessing instead by immediately crossing their arms across their chest.
- Some parents allow their children to receive communion only after they have completed instruction in their third-grade year. Please note that we do offer Communion Instruction for children in third grade, and/or any child who has not previously had the instruction and is older than third grade. Children are encouraged to participate in this class to deepen their understanding of the high point of the worship experience.
All Children Are Welcome in Church
Children bring much richness to our worship community with new ways of seeing familiar rituals. Children also can bring awkward questions and unexpected comments! Here are a few ways to make church a more pleasant experience for everyone:
- Come early to get a good seat, preferably where children can see.
- Share your Worship Booklet with young ones and help them follow along with the prayers and music.
- Be realistic. Young children cannot be expected to sit quietly all the time. Elementary-age children, however, have longer attention spans and can be expected to participate fully in the liturgy with your help.
- Do some homework. Spend time helping your child become familiar or even memorize some of the prayers and responses. Being able to participate helps them feel included.
- Children’s activity sheets and coloring pencils are available in the Narthex of The Church to occupy little hands and make church a more welcoming place for children. These sheets have a word search, Bible verse and other activities that coincide with the lesson of the day to keep your children busy during the worship service.
- Do not feel embarrassed if you need to take your child out for a while.