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.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, those persons vaccinated against the Coronavirus are NOT REQUIRED to wear masks or socially distance. If you have not been vaccinated, WE REQUEST you wear a mask during worship, socially distance, sit in the designated areas or worship from home by accessing our live-stream service. Please note that anyone not abiding by these requests are doing so at their own risk. Please join us by following these guidelines. Thank you.
The Compline Service is celebrated daily in the Episcopal Church. If you have “The Book of Common Prayer,” feel free to follow along. Please choose from any of the options below.
8 a.m. In-person Holy Eucharist worship service without music in Christ Chapel.
9 a.m. In-person Holy Eucharist worship service with music in The Church.
9:15 a.m. In-person Family Table worship service with music in Parish Life Center.
11:15 a.m. In-person Holy Eucharist worship service with music in The Church.
11:15 a.m. Online live Holy Eucharist worship service. Links to our live streamed service on YouTube and Facebook can be found here.
11:15 a.m. In-person Riverway worship service with music in Parish Life Center.
6 p.m. In-person Holy Eucharist worship service with music in The Church.
7 a.m. In-person Holy Eucharist worship service without music in Christ Chapel.
Noon In-person Holy Eucharist worship service without music in Christ Chapel.
6 p.m. In-person Holy Eucharist worship service without music in Christ Chapel.
Healing Prayer Service
First Wednesday of the month
Parish Life Center and via Zoom
St. Martin’s chapter of the OSL Healing Community 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.
For more information about OSL, click here.
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.
The order of acolytes is one of the most ancient ministries in the church. The word “acolyte” means “follower” or “one who helps.” In addition to carrying flags, banners, torches and crosses during the service, acolytes also assist the Clergy of St. Martin’s with preparing the altar for Holy Communion. These are important and vital roles that are central to our worship at St. Martin’s, and help to develop a sense of reverence and understanding for the tradition of the Episcopal worship service.
The St. Martin’s Acolyte Ministry requires a one-year commitment. We try our best to schedule you to serve at the service time of your choice. Depending on the number of acolytes, you will serve one to two times per month.
Students in 2nd–12th grades are invited to serve at our Family Table Sunday worship service at 9:15 a.m. in Bagby Parish Hall.
Students in 6th–12th grades are invited to serve in The Church for Sunday worship services at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
If you would like to serve as an acolyte, click here to sign up.
For more information about being an acolyte for: