Worship at Hope
Worship at Hope is truly a family affair. Our children participate in all aspects of
worship including a Children's Service four times a year where they lead the parish in
Our worship space is sacred yet open and fresh. Look to the left during the service and
gaze upon God's wonderful creation. Our Sanctuary is lakeside in Beautiful Suntree.
Scroll down to learn more about our worship.
Liturgy and Ritual
Worship in the Episcopal Church is 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. 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.
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. Next, a sermon interpreting the readings appointed for the day
The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed, the Church statement of what we
believe ever since. Next, the congregation prays togetherfor the Church, the World,
and those in need. The congregation then greets one another with a sign of Peace.
The Liturgy of the Table
Here begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the presider tells the story of our faith,
from the beginning of Creation, through the choosing of Israel to be God people,
through our continual turning away from God, and God 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.
All Are Welcome
All baptized Christians no matter age or denomination are welcome to receive
communion. 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.