Sunday Service Schedule
8 am Rite I Service
10:15 am Rite II Service
Rite I is a solemn, contemplative service with music on occasion.
Rite II is a service that uses contemporary language and music from The 1982 Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Wonder Love and Praise, Enriching Our Music 1 & 2, and Gather. The St. Anne’s Choir, instrumentalists, and/or soloists provide special music during Communion.
Wednesday Service Schedule
5:30 pm Rite II Service
The Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is offered at both services every Sunday. All baptized Christians are welcome at the table. Our tradition is to receive the host in outstretched hands and then to drink from the chalice. Anyone who wishes to refrain from receiving the bread and the wine may come forward to the altar rail, cross your arms across your chest, and the Priest will give you a blessing instead.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body, the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.
If you wish to have your child baptized, please call the church office to schedule a meeting with the rector (priest). We ask that you attend Sunday Services at St. Anne’s for at least six weeks prior to the baptism date. For adult baptisms, please call the church office and speak with the priest. We would love to welcome you into the household of God.
Holy Baptism in the Episcopal Church takes place within the Sunday Eucharist, at either our 8 am or 10:15 am services. Holy Baptism is most often celebrated on the following feast days: Easter, Pentecost, All Saints’ Sunday, the Baptism of Our Lord, and the Bishop’s Visitation.
The sacrament of Holy Matrimony at St. Anne’s is available to those who have made our parish family your spiritual home, have taken an active part in our common life together, and have worshiped with us regularly. In the Episcopal Church, it is required that at least one of the people to be married is a baptized Christian. The ceremony must be witnessed by at least two people. The marriage must conform to the laws of the State and canons of the Episcopal Church. If you are interested in having your wedding at St. Anne’s, please call the office at 574-267-6266 to make an appointment to speak with the Rector (Priest).
Anointing the Sick or Healing
This sacrament exists for the purpose of healing: to restore a person to physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness. When we anoint and pray for people, we ask God to release them from anything that prevents a person from being whole. Christians recognize that there is a difference between being healed and being cured. In the sacrament of Unction, we pray for healing and wholeness, which may or may not include a cure. At St. Anne’s, we have a time set aside for Healing after the services on the second Sunday of every month.
In Confirmation, a baptized Christian makes a “mature commitment to Christ, and receives strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop,” from The Book of Common Prayer, (BCP) p. 857. Confirmation completes the initiation rite that began at baptism by transferring responsibility for the promises made at baptism from the sponsors to the person being confirmed. One can be confirmed whenever he or she is ready to accept that responsibility. Usually this happens during adolescence, if one is raised in the church. Confirmation expresses not only a desire to live as an adult Christian, it also indicates a desire to do so in the Episcopal church and the world-wide Anglican Communion.
In the Episcopal Church, a general Confession is part of our regular Sunday Holy Eucharist service. Penance is not mandatory before receiving Eucharist, as it is in some denominations. The Book of Common Prayer says that, “Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.” BCP pg. 859.
There are times in our lives when things we do (or do not do) block us from growing spiritually and distance us from God. Confession is a way of removing such barriers. If you are interested in the sacramental rite of Reconiliation/Confession, please make an appointment with the Priest.
While God calls all people into a spiritual relationship and gives us gifts with which to live our Christian lives, we believe that everyone has a ministry and is called to serve in some fashion. In the Episcopal Church, some are called to a special ministry within the church to train, equip and empower Christians to be effective. These are the clergy, and ordination is the sacrament by which men and women become members of the clergy.
Although Christian Burial is a Rite of the church, and not actually a Sacrament, it is described here because it is important not only for the Christian who has died, but also for those they leave behind.
Christian Burial Service
One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is to pre-plan your funeral. The church office has paperwork that can help you with this important task.
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all of its meaning in the Resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too shall be raised. The Book of Common Prayer says that this liturgy is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
For assistance in planning your funeral service, contact the office and make an appointment to see the Priest.
Youth are encouraged to participate in the liturgy by serving the clergy and congregation during worship services. They do this by lighting candles, carrying the torches in the processions in and out of the church, as well as serving at the altar. This opportunity to serve is open to children ages 8 and up. If your child would like to serve, please speak with Carol Bianchini for information about training and vestments.
The Altar Guild prepares the altar for all liturgies, including weddings and funerals. The Guild members lovingly care for the linens and silver and insure that the altar is set up properly for the liturgies. If you would like more information about serving the church in this ministry, please call the church office: 574-267-6266.
Serving the wine in the chalice during the Holy Eucharist is the role of the Chalice Bearer. If you serve as a Chalice Bearer, you may sit with your family during the service until after the announcements and Birthday and Anniversary Prayers are said. You then come forward during “The Lord’s Prayer” to the Altar for the Communion preparation and administration. After Communion is completed, you return to your pew. Please note: Chalice Bearers currently do not process into and out of the service, nor do they wear vestments. If you would like to be trained to serve as a Chalice Bearer, please call the church office: 574-267-6266.
You must have been baptized and confirmed in order to serve as the Crucifer. The Crucifer carries the Cross during the processions into and out of the service, and also serves the clergy at the altar during the service. If you would like to serve in this role, please call the church office: 574-267-6266
The role of the Greeter is to welcome all as they enter the church on Sunday mornings. If you notice newcomers, invite them to sign the guestbook, offer to show them where to find things in the church and extend an invitation to them to stay after the service for Hospitality Hour. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please call the church office: 574-267-6266
Lectors participate in the worship services by reading the appointed Old or New Testament lessons. Lectors are assigned to read on a rotational basis. There are periodic lector training sessions. At certain times during the liturgical calendar year, the lectors may also read the Psalm. Lectors may also be scheduled to read the Prayers of the People. To sign up for this ministry, please call the church office: 574-267-6266
Ushers arrive early before their scheduled service to check the condition of the pews and church. They stand at the door way and hand out the service leaflets as the congregants arrive. If the church looks like it may be nearing capacity, they bring in additional chairs from Rose Hall to set up in the rear of the church, or direct folks to the balcony for additional seating capacity. They assign volunteers to be Gift Presenters during the service. They remove and replace the kneeling cushions, help to pass the offering plates, and release each row to go forward for Communion. If you would like to serve as an Usher, call the church office at: 574-267-6266.
If you are interested in providing Altar Bread for our Eucharistic Services, please talk to Scott Bianchini 551-1566 or Deb DeMuth 267-5314. We will arrange for bread making training.
These are people who wash, iron and care for the holy linens we use each week at the Eucharist. This is a peaceful ministry you can do on your own at your own home. Scott Bianchini and Deb DeMuth are the Altar Guild co-directors. See them if you are interested in helping.
The Choir is directed by Bob Jarboe, our Parish Music Director. They provide musical accompaniment during the Rite II service at 10:15 every Sunday, and at other special services and programs.
Everyone is encouraged to join the Choir. The rehearsal schedule is not too demanding, and there is room for all!
The Resources for music for the Choir are: the 1982 Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing!, Wonder Love and Praise, Enriching Our Music 1, Enriching Our Music 2, and Gather.
There are opportunities every week for soloists to serve as the Cantor.
Bob Jarboe, the Music Director, is always looking for musicians who would like to share their talent during church services. If you play an instrument and would like to explore ways you can share your musical gifts during the liturgy, see Bob before or after services, or contact him directly: