WORSHIP

Almighty God, you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

On Sundays, we gather in the church for worship at 11 a.m. All are welcome. We are following protocols of wearing masks and distancing, as a sign of our care for one another. Our Sunday worship is a time of thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude to God. We hear God’s Word in scripture, we pray, we confess our sins and receive assurance of God’s forgiveness, and we share in the Holy Communion. The worship service typically lasts about 45 minutes – a time set aside to refocus our priorities on God, to be restored, to remember the love that we have been given and the opportunities we have to love our neighbors.

PRAYER LIST
Every week 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
Sundays
– Our Diocesan Partnership offers a worship service online (beginning May 30, at 9 a.m.). For details and a Zoom link, contact Mother Twila.
Wednesdays – 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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