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Our Christian Traditions

Grace Church & the Incarnation is an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. All churches have differing traditions depending upon their denominational affiliation and theological leanings. The Episcopal Church is inclusive of women in leadership roles, children in worship and various family structures. We are proud to be supportive of human rights for the sake of Christ Jesus, who spent much of his earthly time with society's outcasts and those deemed 'sinners' by the religiously pious. No matter one's socioeconomic status, cultural or ethnic background, family situation or sexual orientation, you are welcome here. God's love knows no boundaries.  

Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 10:00 AM

The Holy Eucharist is our principle worship. Before worship we provide time for private prayers and welcoming one another. We open with a greeting and some music. Then we hear some readings from the Bible, and we sing or say a Psalm together. After the readings, our priest or deacon proclaims the gospel and speaks about it, drawing parallels to our daily lives. We then say prayers for ourselves, for those whom we love, and also offer prayers for the world. Last, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist together, giving thanks for all that God has done for us. We all share together the blessed bread and wine (or grape juice, as you choose) in Jesus’ name.  Everyone wanting to be close to God and Jesus are welcome at this Holy Communion, even small children.

 

First Fridays at 6 PM

On the first Friday of the month, we have games and some learning for kids followed by dinner together at 6 pm.  Afterwards, we have sand prayers and music. 

 

The Church Year

We follow the traditional church calendar, in which the church year begins with the first Sunday in Advent, the Sunday closest to November 30th. We celebrate Christmas and the Twelve Days, then the season of Epiphany, Lent follows, Easter Season and Pentecost. The colors in the church and the vestments of our priest help us remember the seasons.

 

How is the Episcopal Church Different

 from the Roman Catholic Church?

At first glance, it might seem much the same. We both have priests, deacons and bishops, although the Episcopal Church has been ordaining women since 1976. Each region of the Anglican Communion has a Presiding Bishop or an Archbishop.

Our liturgy, or order of worship, may seem very familiar, also. One difference is that Episcopalians are held together more because they choose to pray together than by a set of specific shared beliefs or rules. Historically, Episcopalians have valued the via media, (the middle way) between conservative and liberal interpretations. Episcopalians value scripture, tradition and reason equally as “the three legged stool” on which our experience of God rests. We do not have all the answers, but we are deeply committed to walking together as we search for those answers. Our sense of community is very important to us.

Episcopalians recognize the two primary sacraments that Jesus participated in, Baptism and Holy Communion. We say our ‘confession’ together on Sundays. Other Sacramentals, like confirmation, marriage, private confession, ordination and holy unction (for this sick and dying) are observed as needed.