WORSHIP

Worship at St. Simon’s gathers us in prayer and praise to God, shapes us to live as Christians in our daily lives, and invites us to Christ’s table for communion. Using scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, music, and other resources, we come together in this sacred time to learn, to grow, and to give thanks to God.

Covid-19 has changed the way we gather, yet not our common prayer. In this season we are emphasizing “hope and healing,” as reflected in our prayers. Worship materials are provided for home use and to support worship via video, Zoom, and in person.

WORSHIP RESOURCES
Worship bulletin for the remainder of this Season after The Pentecost
Readings for Sunday, October 25
Sunday, October 25 (Proper 25A) readings setup for printing (2 pages to print front/back)
Bible study resources for this week’s readings, Proper 25A

WORSHIP VIDEO
A Liturgy of the Word worship service is video-recorded each week and posted on YouTube, for use on Sunday mornings. This link is provided in our weekly, digital newsletter, sent Saturday evenings, posted on Facebook on Sunday mornings, and available here for Sunday, October 25, as we observe the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.

WORSHIP ZOOM
We gather on Zoom each Sunday morning at 10:40 a.m. to greet one another, watch our worship video and prayer together, and follow with a brief time of fellowship. Connection details are provided in our weekly, digital newsletter or by email. Our Diocesan Partnership offers a worship gathering on Zoom at 10 a.m. Sundays, to view a service alternating from our cathedrals in Buffalo and Erie; connection details are provided in our parish newsletter. These services will be posted on Facebook and YouTube each Sunday morning by 10 a.m.

IN PERSON WORSHIP
Next in-person worship: 2-3 p.m., Saturday, October 31 [details]
A limited number of spaces are available for in person worship. Those who desire to attend will need to contact the church office no later than noon on Friday (the day before worship); either call 716-822-1900 and leave a message for Mary Ann or email office@ssbuffalo.org.

ANOTHER WAY TO RECEIVE COMMUNION
For those who desire to receive communion, while limiting their exposure, you may come to the church from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, October 31, to receive communion, which you may take home to use with the video-recorded worship service Sunday morning. Please wear a mask and come through the open doors on the Cazenovia side. You may approach the altar (one person or household at a time) and exit the side door. This option will be available on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER
At 7:45 a.m. Thursdays, Mother Twila offers a brief morning prayer service from the Genesis Center, just before the weekly food pantry begins, on Facebook Live. See the Genesis Center Facebook page.

PRAYER LIST
Every week at St. Simon’s, we offer prayers for birthdays, for persons who are ill or in special need, and for those who have died, to ask God’s blessing at these special times. To add an intention to the prayer list, you may call the church office, 716-822-1900, ext. 20, or email.

WORSHIP IN THE WIDER CHURCH
Monday-Friday
– Noonday Prayer with our Diocesan Partnership, 12 p.m. – Facebook Live (see p. 103, Book of Common Prayer, if desired, to follow along)
Sunday worship services are being live-streamed from the National Cathedral: link to services on YouTube. Watch the Facebook page for the Episcopal Church for additional updates on digital worship serviwces.

LIFE PASSAGES
Throughout the year, we recognize God’s grace in the fullness of our lives with the sacrament of baptism, the uniting of couples in marriage, and the rites at death, into eternal life. For more information, contact The Rev. Twila Smith.

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