Mondays –Thursdays, 9:30am
Tuesday, 12:15 pm
Saturday, 5:30 pm
Holy Eucharist (no music)
Sunday, 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist (no music)
Sunday, 10:30 am
Holy Eucharist (with music)
Liturgy is the term we use for sacramental rites and texts used in public worship. It expresses the church’s identity and mission, and includes the church’s call to invite others and to serve with concern for the needs of the world. Most of the liturgies we use are contained in The Book of Common Prayer 1979. Our services include these prayers, as well as readings from the Old and New Testaments in the Bible, sermons and special prayers. Sunday 10:30 am services also include music, most often from The Hymnal 1982.
Episcopal worship typically includes prayers for God’s church and the world. Along with candles, vestments (special robes worn by those serving near the altar), and sometimes ornate decorations, our services follow traditional forms that are as old as Christianity itself. Liturgies are led by ordained ministers (deacons, priests, and sometimes bishops), and congregation members participate.
We are a welcoming Christian community – we encourage and invite visitors to join us often and we welcome new members into our congregation and spiritual home.
A Rich Tradition of Music
The sanctuary at Epiphany is a wonderful space for music with excellent acoustics. We host a number of concerts and recitals during the year, performed by local talent and special groups on tour across the country. Epiphany enjoys great diversity in its music program.
The 10:30 service is a tasteful blend of both traditional and more contemporary hymns and responses, and typically combines use of our pipe organ and choir (from September through May), with periodic services accompanied by our folk/bluegrass band and also our handbell choir.
There are also plenty of opportunities for those with various musical talents to share their skills in solo and small group ensemble performances throughout the year. We especially encourage our young musicians to share their talents with our congregation.
Our parish is blessed to have a 15-rank pipe organ that leads congregational singing and has been an integral part of our sanctuary for more than fifty years, as well as two pianos that provide musical accompaniment both in the sanctuary and in the Parish Hall. An extensive plan for renovation of our pipe organ is in progress – we have recently been blessed to attain a an organ from Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix that will allow organ music to remain an integral part of the service while our historic organ is under rennovation, a project that is being funded by donations from our wonderful and generous congregation, which we greatly appreciate
Acolytes and Vergers
When acolytes were first used in church services, they answered the responses for the people. This was done because the common people did not speak Latin, and most acolytes were boys and young men in monasteries and church seminaries. Women and girls became a part of this vital and important ministry beginning in the early 1980s.
During the service, acolytes provide help the deacons and priest with setting the table for communion, as well as leading processionals and recessionals, ringing the Sanctus bells at appropriate points in the service, and lighting and extinguishing candles before and after services. Serving as an acolyte is a rewarding experience for many as they mature and grow spiritually.
Vergers are laypersons who serve the church preparing the altar for worship, overseeing acolytes, coordinating lectors (lay readers) and simply assisting the clergy with the service to run smoothly.
Administration of the chalice (the cup of wine during communion) offers an opportunity to participate directly and assist in the celebration of Holy Eucharist, serving wine to those who come forward to the altar rail. Chalice bearers wear white albs, with a scapular over their shoulders in the liturgical color of the season.
Lectors (Lay Readers)
Lectors (or Lay Readers) at Epiphany are a dedicated group who are commissioned to read the lessons during the service from the Episcopal Lectionary, an assigned list of text appropriate for that particular day in the liturgical calendar. Lectors also lead the congregaton in the reading/singing of the psalm for the day and also the Prayers for the People. Lay Readers have received additional training and lead services of Morning Prayer Mondays through Thursdays at 9:30 am.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are an important pastoral and sacramental expression of the church as community, extending the bread and the wine to those not able to be present. They carry the parish with them as a sign of the whole community’s care, support, and concern for absent members.
The ushers-greeters are usually the first people you meet when you come into the church – we hope that you feel warmly welcomed to our community. During the service, they collect the offering from the congregation as well as bring the gifts of bread and the wine to the altar for consecration before the celebration of the Eucharist.
The Altar Guild is a behind-the-scenes ministry which coordinates closely with the rector and other clergy, and is responsible for the setting of the altar for all services with the proper vessels and colors of the season. Maintaining clergy vestments and ensuring that church linens and are kept clean, altered, and mended as needed, as well as ordering supplies for church services and flowers throughout the year are some of the necessary tasks this dedicated group provides.
Canterbury Campus Ministry
Canterbury is the home of Episcopal and other college students, in Flagstaff and many other communities. In their new home at 319 S. San Francisco St., students from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Coconino Community College (CCC) gather for fellowship and worship. Canterbury services are usually held only during the college-schedule fall and spring semesters.
Brad Eubanks, Flagstaff’s Canterbury Chaplain, welcomes all in the community. Weekly services of Holy Communion will resume August 30, 2015. These services are followed by a light supper typically provided by members of Epiphany.