Info for new members or anyone visiting
Whoever you are, and however you found your way here, you are welcome.
If you wonder "Is there a place for me here?" the answer is YES!
We are Anglo-American, African-American, African, European, Asian; we are Indigenous and immigrant; we are first-generation and many-generational. We are male, female, and non-binary; we are straight, gay, trans, bi-, queer and non-conforming. We are young, old, middle-aged and youthful. We are conservative and liberal and everything in between. We have blond hair, brown hair, black hair, gray hair, white hair, and no hair at all! Our "dress code" is simple--please remember to wear some clothes.
What to expect
Our main Sunday morning service is at 10:00 (Beginning September 10th 2023, we will have two services. 9am and 11am) The service is normally Holy Eucharist (also called the Lord's Supper, or the Mass) and include readings from the Bible, a sermon, prayers, and the sharing of bread and wine in Holy Communion. The service includes instrumental music, congregational singing, and the ministries of the St. Michael's choir.
During the service, you may notice people bowing, crossing themselves, and standing up and sitting down at various moments. Apart from a few general guidelines, much of this is up to the individual participants. The best way to learn the rhythms of the service is simply to watch the people around you and follow along. You will notice that no two people do exactly the same thing! There really is no “wrong” way. Although many people find this a bit intimidating at first, they often fall in love with the reverence of our way of worship.
The Eucharist, the outward and visible sign is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ’s command. The inward and spiritual grace is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people and received by faith.
Baptism is the outward and visible sign is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; the inward and spiritual grace is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.
In addition to these two, there are other spiritual markers in our journey of faith that can serve as means of grace. These include:
Confirmation: the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows
Reconciliation of a Penitent: private confession
Matrimony: Christian marriage
Orders: ordination to the diaconate, priesthood, or episcopacy
Unction: anointing those who are sick or dying with holy oil
To participate in or learn more about these rites, please contact St. Michael’s at 405 321-8951 or firstname.lastname@example.org