November 17, 2017
 

First Monday Covered Dish

The First Monday Covered Dish resumed Monday, October 2, 2017. Participants bring a covered dish to share and enjoy the fellowship. No programs. Just good food and lots of lively fellowship.

 

Study Group

We began our new series for adult Christian Education at 6:00 PM on September 18th. It consists of 24 half-hour presentations by Dr. David Brakke, PhD. It's a study developed by The Great Courses Entitled "The Apocryphal Jesus" and will cover the apocryphal writings of the New Testament era.

Each session consists of two 30 minute videos after which we take some time for discussion. (Note: We do not meet on those Mondays on which we hold our First Monday Pot Luck Suppers).

 

Directory & Schedules (Members Only)

The Parish Directory as well as ministry schedules are all on line. Sign in and go to the Resources page in the "Members Only" part of the website and choose "Directory" or "Readers" or "Altar Guild, Servers, Chalice Bearers, Ushers".

 

Get your Parish Cookbook today! Reduced Price - $5.00!! Go to the "News" page

 

Worship Times

Regular Sunday Eucharist - 9:00 A.M.

 

What is the Episcopal Church?

Find out about the Episcopal Church and the history of this wonderful community on our What is the Episcopal Church page.

 

Our Parish Community

Go to the About Us section to meet the staff of Saint William Laud, and find out what we're all about!

 

Visiting for the first time?

If you're curious about what a truly nurturing community of believers is like, then you should come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved. Join us!

 

Loaves & Fishes

The SWL food pantry continues to minister to the citizens of Camp County! What a great ministry. Thanks to all the volunteers who help in that effort. We couldn't do it without you! If you would like to donate contact SWL at 903 856-2675. Loaves and Fishes takes place the third and fourth Wednesday of every month at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall. 


 

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Join Us!

Many people who have never participated in an Episcopal (or Catholic) service approach the experience with many questions and a great deal of trepidation. The service IS different from most traditional Protestant services, although in recent years some Presbyterians and Lutherans have become much more "liturgical."

When you come to visit, please relax and just take in the whole experience. There is no right or wrong way to worship God. The first thing you will notice is that even the "long-toothed" Episcopalians do things differently from each other. Some kneel. Some stand. Some sit.Know that you are welcome no matter how you worship.

 

What to expect when you visit

Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship. The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass. In most Episcopal churches, worship is accompanied by the singing of hymns, and in some churches, much of the service  is sung or chanted.

Worship Styles



Episcopalians worship in many different styles, ranging from very formal, ancient, and multi-sensory rites with lots of singing, music, fancy clothes (called vestments), and incense, to informal services with contemporary music. Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go.


Liturgy and Ritual



Worship in the Episcopal Church is said to be “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers.
For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing.  Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.
The Holy Eucharist

In spite of the diversity of worship styles in the Episcopal Church, Holy Eucharist always has the same components and the same shape.


The Liturgy of the Word

We begin by praising God through song and prayer, and then listen to as many as four readings from the Bible. Usually one from the Old Testament, a Psalm, something from the Epistles, and (always) a reading from the Gospels. The psalm is usually sung or recited by the congregation.
Next, a sermon interpreting the readings appointed for the day is preached.
The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed, written in the Fourth Century and the Church’s statement of what we believe ever since.
Next, the congregation prays together—for the Church, the World, and those in need. We pray for the sick, thank God for all the good things in our lives, and finally, we pray for the dead. The presider e.g. priest, bishop, lay minister) concludes with a prayer that gathers the petitions into a communal offering of intercession.
In certain seasons of the Church year, the congregation formally confesses their sins before God and one another. This is a corporate statement of what we have done and what we have left undone, followed by a pronouncement of absolution.  In pronouncing absolution, the presider assures the congregation that God is always ready to forgive our sins.
The congregation then greets one another with a sign of “peace.”


The Liturgy of the Table

Next, the priest stands at the table, which has been set with a cup of wine and a plate of bread or wafers, raises his or her hands, and greets the congregation again, saying “The Lord be With You.”  Now begins the Eucharist, in which the presider tells the story of our faith, from the beginning of Creation, through the choosing of Israel to be God’s people, through our continual turning away from God, and God’s calling us to return. Finally, the presider tells the story of the coming of Jesus Christ, and about the night before his death, on which he instituted the Eucharistic meal (communion) as a continual remembrance of him.
The presider blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord’s Prayer. Finally, the presider breaks the bread and offers it to the congregation, as the “gifts of God for the People of God.”
The congregation then shares the consecrated bread and the wine. Sometimes the people all come forward to receive the bread and wine; sometimes they pass the elements around in other ways.
All Are Welcome

All baptized Christians—no matter age or denomination—are welcome to “receive communion.” Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously.
Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the presider.
At the end of the Eucharist, the congregation prays once more in thanksgiving, and then is dismissed to continue the life of service to God and to the World.