As followers of Jesus in the Episcopal tradition, our life together is centered around the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist. We believe that sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace. Sacraments are freely given and undeserved. They are gifts from God, plain and simple.
In baptism, we accept and acknowledge the reality that we are beloved of God, members of God's family. We are called to the "ministry of the baptized," fully equipped to be a part of doing God's work in the world.
Our common worship centers around the Celebration of the Eucharist, at which the priest presides, though the celebration cannot take place unless others are gathered. The worship service, sometimes called the "Mass," includes gathering prayers, reading of the Word (a.k.a. the Bible or Scripture), and sharing of the Peace, all of which prepare us for the sharing of fellowship with Christ. The presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a "holy mystery." It is something we know to be true, though perhaps it defies our 21st century understanding of intellectual reason. At the end of the service we are sent out into the world to do the work God has given us to do.
We consider ourselves "Anglo-Catholic," which means, among other things, that our liturgy looks and feels familiar to people from the Roman Catholic Church, though it is not "Roman Catholic Lite." There are significant theological and practical differences between the Anglican/Episcopal and Roman Catholic traditions (too many to name here), though we share a love of liturgy that includes exciting our senses as a way to better understand the beauty and glory of God. We have beautiful stained-glass windows. Clergy and altar servers wear vestments. We use incense on special feast days, such as the Easter Vigil and Christmas Day. (To love and care for those for whom incense is problematic, we announce these days in advance.) We love our music - our organ is magnificent! - and chant some of the Sunday service.
At Grace Church all are welcome at God's Table. We offer gluten-free hosts and non-alcoholic wine, so that no one who feels called to receive Communion need refrain for health or dietary reasons. Of course, it is perfectly acceptable to accept Communion in "one kind" (either bread or wine), or to receive a blessing instead.