Whether you're looking for a church community to call home or visiting from out of town, we want you to feel comfortable joining us in worship. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding what to expect when visiting St. Barnabas.
When are services?All service times are listed at the top of our Home page. Our Sunday services generally last about 1 hour each.
How do I get to St. Barnabas?The church is located at the intersection of Blake Avenue and South Hyland Park Drive, across Blake Avenue from Sayre Park. We are one block from Valley View Hospital. Please note that there are two streets called Hyland Park Drive, one on either side of Sayre Park. Our address and a small map can be found at the bottom of our Home page.
What should I wear?We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you are joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. It's not uncommon to see people in casual clothing, while others prefer to still put on their Sunday best, and that's fine too! We think you'll fit in no matter how you dress.
Can I take communion?At St. Barnabas, all are welcome to receive communion, regardless of age or denomination. If you've not been baptized, or would simply prefer it, just cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing. It's also completely acceptable to remain seated during communion.
What is an Episcopal service like?Both our Sunday services follow a form of the Holy Eucharist, which always has the same components. These components are outlined below:
The Liturgy of the Word
We begin by praising God through song and prayer, and then listen to as many as four readings from the Bible. Usually one from the Old Testament, a Psalm, something from the Epistles, and (always) a reading from the Gospels. The psalm is usually sung or recited by the congregation.
Next, a sermon interpreting the readings appointed for the day is preached.
The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed, written in the Fourth Century and the Church’s statement of what we believe ever since.
Next, the congregation prays together—for the Church, the World, and those in need. We pray for the sick, thank God for all the good things in our lives, and finally, we pray for the dead. The presider (e.g. priest, bishop, lay minister) concludes with a prayer that gathers the petitions into a communal offering of intercession.
In certain seasons of the Church year, the congregation formally confesses their sins before God and one another. This is a corporate statement of what we have done and what we have left undone, followed by a pronouncement of absolution. In pronouncing absolution, the presider assures the congregation that God is always ready to forgive our sins.
The congregation then greets one another with a sign of “peace.”
The Liturgy of the Table
Next, the priest stands at the table, which has been set with a cup of wine and a plate of bread or wafers, raises his or her hands, and greets the congregation again, saying “The Lord be With You.” Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the presider tells the story of our faith, from the beginning of Creation, through the choosing of Israel to be God’s people, through our continual turning away from God, and God’s calling us to return. Finally, the presider tells the story of the coming of Jesus Christ, and about the night before his death, on which he instituted the Eucharistic meal (communion) as a continual remembrance of him.
The presider blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord’s Prayer. Finally, the presider breaks the bread and offers it to the congregation, as the “gifts of God for the People of God.”
The congregation then comes forward to the altar to receive the consecrated bread and the wine and, after a few short closing prayers, the service comes to an end.