Worship and Liturgy

Gather in community to thank,

praise, and dwell with God.

Central to our Christian life at Christ the King-Epiphany Church is our weekly Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  When we were able to meet in the Sanctuary (pre-pandemic, which seems like eons ago), the 8:30 worship was a service of the word with Eucharist, while the 10:00 a.m. service included hymn singing, choir, and organ/piano music. Our sanctuary is equipped with chairs, not pews, to enable a flexible and creative worship service.  In addition, our property provides ample space for processions and outdoor services throughout the year.

Since Covid-19 precautions have made in-person worship inadvisable, we have been faithfully gathering on ZOOM each Sunday for one 10:00 a.m. service followed by a virtual coffee hour. The ID #is 476 060 1058 and the passcode is 630 667. Please contact our office at (413 596-3045) or email office@ctkepiphany.org for link information. There is a plan for reopening the church building for public worship when healthcare precautions determine it to be safe, but there would be a limit to the number of congregants who could attend in person.  Live streaming could be included for parishioners to view the service from their home.  Many in the congregation are reluctant to forego ZOOM altogether because we value the community aspect of seeing and sharing with everyone (even virtually) rather than being socially distant.  Another aspect of ZOOM worship which many enjoy is having an opportunity after the homily to reflect and comment on the readings and the sermon.

Our Liturgy (work of the people) is a hands-on and active participation including choir and music director, lay readers, ushers, assisting minister, flower guild, altar guild, communion bread bakers, congregation responses and hymns, and last, but definitely not least, the hospitality group.  And we especially look for ways to include children’s participation.

As a combined Lutheran and Episcopalian Church, we are spiritually richer in our openness and receptivity to changes in worship.  The content of the liturgy comes primarily from the Revised Common Lectionary, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, plus several hymnals and other appropriate texts.  We move from season to season as certain portions of the liturgy change, gathered together, hand in hand through prayer before God.

To learn more about worship at Christ the King-Epiphany, check out What to expect on Sundays.