Worship at St. George's
Sundays at St. George's
7:30am Holy Eucharist Rite I — A spoken communion service in the Nave
8:45am Holy Eucharist Rite II — A communion service with modern language, hymns, and an opportunity for healing prayer after the Eucharist
9:00am The Table — A modern setting of the worship in Johnson Hall led by a music team. Healing prayers are offered after the Eucharist.
11:15am Holy Eucharist — A traditional service with beautiful choral music, and an opportunity for healing prayer after the Eucharist.
5:00pm Evening Prayer with Holy Eucharist Rite II — A spoken service of Evening Prayer with Eucharist in Chapel
5:00pm Evensong — Weekly evensong begins Sunday, September 11. Join us for alternating choral and plainchant evensongs in the Nave, followed by a dinner in Hampton Hall with fellowship and conversation.
Other Worship Opportunities
7:00am Daily — Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
10:00am Every Wednesday — Healing Service with Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
6:30pm Healing Service in Johnson Hall — A contemplative service with music on the last Wednesday of the month.
9:15pm Compline in the Nave — A service chanted by candellight offered approximately 6 times each year. See schedule.
The Chapel remains open 24/7 for private prayers.
The Service of Choral Evensong
Choral Evensong has been sung daily in the Anglican Church since the sixteenth century throughout the world. At Evensong, the Choir sings much of the music, which is of the highest quality and is intended to illuminate the biblical texts (Psalms, Canticles, responses, and other music) so that those in the pew may have a time of stillness—to meditate, pray, and be fully aware of the near-mystical beauty of this service. Please join with the Choir in singing the hymn(s), and at all other places indicated in the service. Following the closing organ voluntary, please leave in silence when you feel so led.
The Service of Compline
Stemming from monastic practice, Compline is the last service of the day before bedtime. From the same root as the word “complete,” Compline in the strict sense marks the beginning of a time of silence—from the end of the service lasting until the morning. This brief and beautiful service is set in a darkened church and sung by a small men's choir. Please feel free to venture past the altar rail to the seats along the sides of the altar and the organ console, or wherever you feel most comfortable in the room. Remain as long as you wish after the service in this quiet space, departing in silence.
How Do We Worship?
Traditional Worship in the Nave & Chapel
If you are new to the Episcopal Church,then worship services may seem a little like a juggling contest. To help all with the service, we offer a Sunday Bulletin to lead you through the service, an insert with the Bible readings, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Hymnal for our music.
We stand to sing praises to God and greet one another. We sit for instruction and kneel to confess our sins and for personal devotion. Many Episcopalians make the sign of the cross, bow, and observe other reverences, but they are not required of anyone. If you have any questions about the different reverences, please ask a member of our clergy!
All baptized Christians in good standing with their churches are welcome to receive communion. Generally, we receive the bread with our right hand stretched in front of us over our left hand, lifting the bread into our mouth. You may gently guide the base of the communion cup to direct it to your lips and gently push it away when you have received the wine.
We hope you will feel at home as we worship our common Lord and receive life-giving sustenance from His Body and Blood at God's holy altar.
Modern Worship at The Table in Johnson Hall
At The Table in Johnson Hall, we follow the classic Anglican order of worship – a call to worship, songs of praise, Scripture readings and a message, a time of prayer and confession, and the celebration of the Eucharist around a common table. We enter into God's presence and worship God through a variety of musical styles, led by our music team. We incorporate liturgical traditions from around the Anglican Communion, reminding us that we belong to a larger church family worshipping God across the world. We welcome adults, children, and students, no matter where you are in your journey with God, to join us.
Our prayer is that The Table will provide an opportunity for us to deepen and broaden our relationship with Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us as we gather around the Table of our Lord. Read more here.
Sacraments & Sacramental Rites
For questions regarding any of the following sacraments or rites, please call the church office at (615) 385-2150 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians who receive the sacrament in their own churches.
The Celebration and Blessing of Marriage
The Sacrament of Marriage (Holy Matrimony) is a solemn public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. At St. George's at least one of the parties must be a baptized/confirmed member in good standing. Marriages should be scheduled at least three months in advance. If a person has been previously married, the Bishop of the Diocese must grant permission, and a year must have elapsed between the date of the finalized divorce and the wedding. Follow this link to learn more about weddings at St. George's.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's body the Church. It is administered for children or adults within the context of the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other major feast. It is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil; Day of Pentecost in May; All Saints Day in November; and the Feast of Baptism of our Lord in January. Each candidate is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Instruction in the meaning of Baptism and living the Christian life is required for all adult candidates and parents/godparents of children candidates. Please visit our baptism page for more details about baptism at St. George's.
Reconciliation of a Penitent (Confession)
The Ministry of reconciliation in the Episcopal Church is exercised through the care each Christian has for others, through the common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship and through the Sacrament of Reconciliation of Penitent (often called Confession and Penance in other Christian traditions). The Sacrament can be scheduled at any time with a priest and is strictly a voluntary request on the part of a penitent.
Ministry to the Sick
In case of illness or injury, members are asked to notify the church office. Clergy and Lay Eucharistic Ministers set a time to visit and/or bring Holy Communion as is appropriate. Also, the church needs to be contacted whenever you or a loved one is admitted to the hospital. Although the hospital admission clerks may ask specific questions about your religious preference, church, or if you would like to be visited, they will NOT notify St. George’s to let us know you are there. Please get in touch with the church as soon as possible at (615) 385-2150 and let us know which hospital you are in and the room number. Please call us! We care.
The anointing with Holy Oil and the Laying on of Hands is an ancient tradition derived from Jesus' healing ministry and the commission of the apostles who anointed and healed in the power of Jesus' name. Anointing with prayer for the sick can also be requested at any time from a priest. Visit this page to read more about our healing services and prayer ministries.