A Word about Feast Days
As Episcopalians, our worship is centered around an ancient pattern of liturgical seasons. These different liturgical seasons focus on various aspects of the life of Jesus and the ministry of the early church. During the season of Advent we anticipate the coming of Christ. The season of Epiphany focuses on the ministry of Jesus, while the season of Lent and celebration of Holy Week draw us into the events surrounding Christ’s passion and death. The great fifty-day season of Easter is the centerpiece of the Christian year, which marks our annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Finally, on Pentecost Sunday we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the remainder of the church year focuses on the ever-expanding life and witness of the Christian community.
During the course of these seasonal observations, we set aside specific days to mark the major events of Christ’s life and other important occasions in the life of the Church. We call these specific observances feast days, because they are days of great celebration. Although there are many feast days that are celebrated throughout the year, there are seven principal feasts, which mark the most sacred aspects of the Christian faith. The seven principal feasts are as follows:
Christmas Jesus is born. We celebrate the miracle of the incarnation – God with us.
Epiphany Jesus is made known to the world. We celebrate his glory and presence.
Easter Jesus is raised from the dead. We celebrate his victory over sin & death.
Ascension Jesus ascends to the Father. We celebrate the completion of his mission.
Pentecost God gives the gift of the Spirit. We celebrate the mission of the Church.
Trinity Sunday God is revealed as One God in Three Persons.
All Saints’ The church is one. We celebrate all the faithful people of God.
These seven feast days represent the heart of our Christian life and witness and they are reminders of God’s action in the world through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Because these are such important moments in our common life as Christians, we highlight these days by adding certain celebratory elements to our worship services. Here are just some of the ways we mark these sacred days:
The church calendar is a wonderful gift because we are reminded annually of the story of our faith. The particular feast days, which mark the most important and sacred events of the Christian faith, are also an important part of the rhythm of our worship, because they call our attention to the amazing power and grace of God at work in the world – past, present, and future!
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8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
A Rite I services follows a more traditional, contemplative format. There is no choir and silence is encouraged. Holy Communion is celebrated and all are welcome at the Lord's table. Everyone is welcome. Generally, the service concludes by 9:00 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
All children in grades Pre-K 3 through 5th are invited to participate in Sunday School. Our class time is set up to mirror many of the elements of an adult worship service including age-appropriate prayer, lessons and music. Children join their families in church before communion. Sunday School at Good Shepherd is worship for children.
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
Our Rite II service is well attended and includes music, Choir, Children's Choir (once monthly), Holy Communion and features more contemporary language than a Rite I service. Sunday School children join their families in church prior to communion. Everyone is welcome. This service usually concludes by 11:15 a.m.
8:30 a.m. Children's Chapel
Good Shepherd School Students all participate in Chapel each Wednesday morning that school is in session. There is a kid-friendly feel to this service and everyone is invited to the Lord's table for communion. Students sit toward the front of the church with their classes and parents and other adults are invited to sit in the other two sections.
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Healing
Holy Eucharist is offered each Wednesday morning in the Chapel. Everyone is welcome to receive communion and at this service, members of our Healing Team are available for those seeking healing. Good Shepherd participates in the healing ministry that Jesus began by offering prayer, anointing with oil and laying on of hands.