What do we believe about Communion?
Also called Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means “Thanksgiving”), we believe that Christ is fully present in the bread and wine, and that partaking in this special is a way for us to be in communion with God, each other, and all creation. At All Saints, all are welcome to receive Communion at God’s table.
What do we believe about Baptism?
In the waters of Baptism, we are lovingly adopted by God into God’s family, which we call the Church, and given God’s own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ. Holy Baptism, which can be performed through pouring of water or immersion in it, marks a formal entrance to the congregation and wider Church; the candidates for the Sacrament make a series of vows, including an affirmation of the Baptismal Covenant, and are baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are marked as Christ’s own forever, having “clothed [themselves] with Christ” (Galatians 3:27). All people of any age are welcome to baptized; we believe in one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins, as the “bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298). (Taken from episcopalchurch.org)
Why do we cross ourselves?
To cross yourself following the Western tradition, lift your right hand and bring it to your forehead. Then touch the center of your chest. Reach over to touch your left shoulder and then back to your right shoulder. For churches in the Eastern tradition, start by touching your forehead and chest in the same way.
When do I bow/kneel/sit?
Our service bulletin will indicate times when it is traditional to sit, stand, or kneel. There’s a saying that we sit to listen, stand to sing, and kneel to pray. There are some variations on that, but most importantly, do what is meaningful and physically doable for you.
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