Beginning June 6:
Spiritual Communion at 10 AM in the sanctuary
Following the lifting of distancing requirements, we will not limit the capacity for this service. We will invite you to be thoughtful in choosing the proximity of a seat to your neighbor.
To maximize airflow, windows in the sanctuary will be open and the auxiliary fan will run constantly during this service. However, because the air circulation is limited, we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask as a courtesy to those who are not yet eligible for a vaccine.
We will continue with spiritual communion and abstain from physically receiving communion. The value in the sacrament of communion is that the body and blood of Christ are available to all, no matter what. That is not our current reality at this stage of life in the pandemic. We will return to receiving communion as a community once the sacrament is accessible to all.
For those who feel a need to physically partake of communion, pastoral home visits with the sacrament of communion are now available. Please be in touch with the rector if this would be meaningful for you.
Congregational singing is now permitted and will be included at both services. The mechanics of singing suggests that air particles travel further when singing. Out of an abundance of caution, please wear your mask when singing, either indoors or outdoors.
We have missed one another! You are invited to participate in a time of fellowship on the church lawn following the conclusion of the 10 AM service. At this time, we will not gather indoors for unmasked activities, like drinking coffee. We encourage you to BYOB to coffee hour, as we will not be sharing in a common carafe.
Sundays at 10 AM (During the St. Michael's retreat at Shrine Mont there is no 10 AM service on 19 September and consequently no Virtual Worship):
Join Zoom meeting here:
To Dial in: (301) 715 8592
Meeting ID: 829 5300 3225
We will continue to make available a virtual option for those who prefer to worship remotely. This …Read More »
Sundays at 8 AM.
Pre-registration for outdoor worship is no longer required. Come! All are welcome, and there is ample space on the lawn.
In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines that the vaccinated do not need to mask outdoors, we will no longer require masks for outdoor services. Please be thoughtful when approaching others and responsive of personal needs to maintain distance or…Read More »
Music is an important part of our worship together. The hymns we sing are found in the 1982 Hymnal and in the Wonder, Love and Praise hymnal. During the school year our Youth Choir sings at the 10:00 AM Sunday service at least once each month, and the Sanctuary Choir sings at the 10:00 AM Sunday service.
The Parish’s music program depends on parishioners to participate in the pra…Read More »
Worship at St. Michael's:
Whether you’ve been to Episcopal services all your life, or this is your first, we hope you’ll worship in the way that is most comfortable to you. The service instructions about standing, kneeling, and other directions are intended to help clue you into the habits of this particular community.
The words of our worship service are lifted from the Episcopal …Read More »
The root of the word “liturgy” is “the work of the people.” Meaning all that happens in the sanctuary with the community who gathers works because of communal participation. The beautiful thing about this invitation to participate is that who we are and what we bring is enough because God meets us here! Parishioners are invited to take a role in leading worship on a weekly basis …Read More »
Holy Baptism, one of the two primary sacraments of the Church, is initiation into the Christian Church. As the Book of Common Prayer states, "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."
Baptisms are held on the Sunday commemorating the Baptism of Jesus (the Sunday after …Read More »
Weddings are held at St. Michael's for members of the parish and their families. The Canons of the Episcopal Church require at least thirty days' notice for weddings. Planning requirements at St. Michael's usually require several months’ notice. Please contact the Rector for more information on preparing for weddings.
Funerals are held at St. Michael's primarily for parishioners and their families. Pre-planning of funerals in consultation with the Rector is encouraged.