Sacraments (Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals)

 
 
 
 
 

Sacraments

are outward and visible signs of God’s love and grace.  The two great Sacraments of the Church are the Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism, which were given to the Church by Christ himself. The other sacramental rites, which evolved in the Church over a period of time, include confirmation, holy matrimony, reconciliation, and anointing with oil for healing.  The Church’s teachings on the Sacraments can be found in the Catechism, Book of Common Prayer 1979, pages 857-861.

 

The Holy Eucharist

or Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians who receive the sacrament in their own churches, and to any person who is seeking for God.   If you do not wish to receive the bread or wine, you may come forward to the altar rail and cross your arms in front of your chest to signal that you want a blessing instead.

 

Holy Baptism 

is celebrated within the context of the Sunday Eucharist. It is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, All Saints’ Sunday, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord or during the visitation of the Bishop. Candidates for baptism are infants and young children of parish members, and older children and adults who desire to make a mature and public commitment to the Christian faith. Instruction for parents and godparents of infants and children precede each baptism date. Older youth and adults who desire baptism meet with the Rector for classes. Please contact the church office or Father Steve if you or a family member is seeking baptism.

 

Confirmation 

is when youth or adults make a mature public profession of their faith in Christ before the Bishop.  Confirmation may take place during the Bishop’s visit or at the Cathedral on Diocesan Confirmation dates.  Those who are have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are received, as they have already been confirmed in the eyes of our Church.  A class for youth and adults precedes confirmation and/or reception.

 

Anointing for Healing

is offered on a case by case basis, and on the first Sunday of the month during Communion for the healing of body, mind or spirit.  In case of accident, illnesses, or hospitalization, please notify the parish office as soon as possible. The priest will visit either in home or hospital and offer anointing and prayers for healing. The parish also has a team of Lay Eucharistic Visitors who are licensed to take the consecrated bread and wine after the Sunday services to those unable to attend.   Contact Father Steve for more information.

 

Reconciliation 

of a Penitent or Confession is available for all who desire it by contacting the Church Office. It is especially appropriate during the Lenten season, but may be requested at any time.

Holy Matrimony
or Holy Union

is offered to couples, one of whom must be a baptized Christian.  Marriages are not performed during the seasons of Lent or Advent. Wedding dates are not entered on the church calendar until the couple has met with the Rector. It is advisable to contact the church at least 3 months before the desired date. Pre-marital counseling, usually 6 sessions, is required.  The parish and the Diocese of Olympia provide marriage liturgies for opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

 

Christian Burial?

Members of the church are properly buried from the church. The priest will also conduct funeral home or graveside services for non-members.  Prayer at the Time of Death are also offered when death is imminent. 

 

What we believe

For Episcopalians, our beliefs are expressed in our worship and prayer.  The Book of Common Prayer is the primary expression of what we believe about God and how we can be in relationship with Him.  Although a good summary of our beliefs can be found in the Catechism contained in the Book of Common Prayer, you will find a wide spectrum of beliefs in the Episcopal Church.  Our basic and essential expression of belief is found in the Apostle’s Creed and the longer Nicene Creed, which we say each Sunday in worship.

 

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.