Worship

 

Our worship services follow the Book of Common Prayer liturgy.  We’re casual, comfortable people - some of us wear suits to worship, and others wear jeans.  Small children with their giggles and squirms are always welcome in our services - their noise reminds us to rejoice.  At our 10:30 Sunday service, there’s a special message just for the little ones and then a Children’s Chapel program in which they’re taught the gospel lesson for the day in a way they can understand.  But we’re all back together to receive Communion.  Our services are printed in an easy-to-follow booklet so you can participate right along with us on your first Sunday.  We can’t wait for you to join us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lectors

 

The lessons are read in worship by lectors.  They have the responsibility of proclaiming to the people the Word of God for that day.

 

Resources:

· email Cynthia Glidden our worship chair to find out more

· Servers’ Schedule

· Lectors’ Manual

· Revised Common Lectionary

· Biblical Word Pronunciation Guide

Schedule of Services

 

Sundays:

· 8:30 am  Holy Eucharist (Rite I)

         (quiet and contemplative)

 

· 9:30 am  Christian Education for all Ages

         Or Breakfast (first Sunday of each month)

 

· 10:30 am  Holy Eucharist (Rite II)

         with  choir and Children’s Chapel

 

Wednesdays:

· 6:00 pm  Supper and Kid-Friendly Service

(during Advent and Lent)

 

Acolytes

 

People of all ages assist in worship as acolytes.  Crucifers carry the cross in procession, assist in setting the table for Eucharist, and generally keep worship moving along.  They sit up front with the clergy through the service, ready to jump to action at any time.  Crucifers are in third grade or older.  Younger children serve as Torch-Bearers and Gospel Book Carriers, participating in the processions in and out as well as the Gospel procession.  They’ worship from the front of the church but are free to participate in Children’s Chapel.

 

Resources:

· email Rev. Jenny to become an acolyte

· Servers’ Schedule

· Crucifer Manual

Choir

 

The choir leads the congregation in singing at the 10:30 Sunday service.  They meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 to practice the hymns and an anthem and gather at 10:10 on Sundays to warm up before the service.  The choir welcomes anyone willing to make a joyful noise.  We also have spots for those who play instruments and those who’d like to learn to ring handbells.  On the first Saturday of December, when Limestone College sets out luminaries along College Drive, the choir leads us in singing Christmas carols to those enjoying the luminaries.

 

Resources:

· email Hal Tyson, organist and choir director

 

Altar Guild

 

The members of the altar guild care for all the items we use in worship: the communion vessels, the books, the candles.  Each week a team of volunteers makes the church ready.  And on holidays like Christmas and Easter, the entire altar guild works together to make the church as festive as the season.

 

Resources:

· email Carla Winter, altar guild chair

· Calendar of the church year

· Servers’ Schedule

· Altar Guild Checklist

Eucharistic Ministers

 

Eucharistic Ministers are licensed by the bishop to bear the chalice in worship, giving the people the wine, the Blood of Christ.  To serve in this capacity, one must be a confirmed member of Church of the Incarnation and must go through the Diocesan training class.

 

Resources:

· email Rev. Jenny to find out more

· Servers’ Schedule

· Eucharistic Ministers’ Manual

Eucharistic Visitors

 

Those licensed by the bishop to take communion to shut-ins and those in the hospital are called Eucharistic Visitors.  They must be confirmed members of Incarnation and must complete the Diocesan training class.

 

Resources:

· email Rev. Jenny to find out more

Greeters

 

Greeters welcome worshippers with a smile and make sure they have a copy of the day’s bulletin.  They also help visitors find their way and make sure children have what they need to be comfortable.  Greeters also signal the beginning of worship by ringing our bell; they signal the beginning of our service in the world in the same manner at the end of our services.

 

Resources:

· email Cynthia Glidden our worship chair to find out more

· Servers’ Schedule

· Greeters’ Manual

 

Intercessors

 

Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People, speaking the concerns of the congregation so all can pray them together.  The Prayers of the People follow one of the forms in the Book of Common Prayer.

 

Resources:

· email Cynthia Glidden our worship chair to find out more

· Servers’ Schedule

· Intercessors’ Manual

· Book of Common Prayer

 

 

Episcopal Church of the Incarnation

308 College Drive, Gaffney, South Carolina, 29340 X Phone 864-489-6183 X FAX  864-488-0146 X secretary@incarnation-gaffney.org

Ways to participate in worship:

 

Acolytes

Altar Guild

Choir

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Visitors

Greeters

Intercessors

Lectors