What We Do
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3: 20-21
Worship is the center of our parish life. Through worship, we seek to become aware of God's presence in our lives, to give God thanks, to know God through scripture, teaching and prayer, to be inspired to follow and serve Christ, and to be guided by the Holy Spirit. A centerpiece of our worship is a weekly celebration of the Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion. The Eucharist is a sign of our unity with Christ and one another. Through the Eucharist, we receive Christ's forgiveness for our sins. All baptized persons are invited to participate in the Eucharist, and everyone is invited to come to the altar for prayer and blessing.
There are two regularly scheduled services each Sunday. At 8am, we have a more traditional Rite I service. At 10:30am, we have a Rite II Service that uses more modern language and is less formal. On the first Sunday of each month, both services feature prayers for the healing and the laying on of hands for all who desire healing of the body, mind or spirit. Organ, piano and choral music are provided by the music director, the Chancel Choir, the Men's Choir or guest musicians who help us make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Throughout the year, there are additional special worship experiences such as the Thanksgiving service with the Thurmont Ministerium, Wednesday Morning Prayer during Advent, the Christmas pageant, Christmas Eve services, Lenten Stations of the Cross and the Thurmont Ministerium Lenten services that help us to share and deepen our faith journeys.
We are a welcoming, friendly family of Christians who embrace those who have never been to church, who are returning after time away, and those from other faith traditions. Newcomers are invited to participate in all activities and services. We do whatever we can to help newcomers to feel comfortable.