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CC_IMG_0158Our celebrations of Holy Eucharist (also called Holy Communion) are held at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. At St. Thomas we have an open Table: ALL who seek God in Christ are invited to receive the Bread and Wine of Communion. The Episcopal worship tradition, called “liturgy,” is drawn from centuries of church tradition. Each service is built upon a structure that is consistent, a sure and steady container to hold our deepest longings for communion with God, our neighbor, and our own selves.

THE WORSHIP SERVICE: Episcopal worship strikes a balance between Word and Sacrament. We feed on the words of Scripture through Bible readings appointed for the day. The preacher seeks to illuminate the Word so that we may connect the wisdom of our spiritual forbears to our life of faith today. At St. Thomas our service includes a period of silence following the sermon to give the Spirit time to speak to us in our own particular places of need and longing. We then move to the table (also called the altar) where we bring our deepest hunger to be known and loved and forgiven. There we are fed with bread and the wine, the real presence of Jesus. Around these two basic movements of the service are woven prayers and praises, confession, and grace that help us begin anew.

THE MUSIC: Prayers and hymns in the Episcopal Church reflect the riches of centuries of Christian faith in support of a contemporary faith. We regularly practice contemplative prayer and song, both ancient and new. Once a quarter we honor our heritage and the gift of being a parish in the mountains of North Carolina by sharing a “roots music” liturgy in a blended Celtic-Appalachian style.

THE JOURNEY: Liturgy in the Episcopal Church takes us on a journey. We begin in one place and find ourselves moved — through the words and actions, the prayers and praises and silence — to a different place, a place of renewal, a place of resilience and strength, prepared to engage the world in the name of Christ.

Our hope is that worship at St. Thomas feels very traditional, in a good way, and that it also feels very present-moment, in a good way. We do our best to bring forward what is old and tried and true which can ground us — and we are also open to fresh expressions in worship that signify our openness to the movement of the Spirit here and now.

GUESTS & VISITORS: You don’t have to know what to do! We’ve got your back and our bulletins are easy to follow! Come and settle into the peace of God in the presence of friends.