• Awaken Your Spiritual Heart

    - Your Doorway to God’s Love
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  • Gracious and loving God, we thank you for sending your life-giving Spirit to dwell with us in the community of Emmanuel Parish; infuse us with passion for worship of you, and for service to the greater community of Cumberland and beyond. Give us wisdom and perseverance in being a mutually supportive, inviting and inclusive congregation; and help us in all things to follow the example of him whom we call “God with us,” even Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.

    - Amen

Worship Schedule

Sunday Mornings

8:00 AM – The Holy Eucharist, Rite I, is celebrated every Sunday with a homily, and there is no music at this service.

10:00 AM – The Principal Service; The Holy Eucharist is the norm at the Principal Service, although on occasion we offer some very different worship forms. Both Rite I and Rite II are used and Morning Prayer followed by Eucharist occurs a few times a year.

The Choir sings from late August until mid-June, and hymns and liturgical music are always a part of this service.

Weekdays

Thursdays at 12 Noon;- The Holy Eucharist Rite I with the Laying On of Hands is offered most Thursdays along with a homily on the Saint of the Day. This time is also used for the celebration of special days such as the Feast of the Ascension and Thanksgiving Day. When major Feasts fall on Thursdays, there is music at this service.

Seasonal Services

CHRISTMAS is kept with a Family Eucharist at 4:00 on Christmas Eve, a Festival Eucharist with a major musical presentation beginning at 10:30 PM, and with Holy Eucharist Rite I and music at 10:30 Christmas Morning. In HOLY WEEK there are special services and events Wednesday through Saturday.

St. Francis’ Day – The Blessing of the Animals  On the Sunday nearest the Feast of St. Francis (October 4th) parishioners bring their pets and animals to Church for a blessing and we worship outdoors on the West Lawn.

Mothers Day – Emmanuel has a tradition of combining Mary and Rogation precessions with the honoring of earthly motherhood.  In the fashion of the English Church, we process around the grounds of the Churchyard, read lessons and say prayers at the bounds, gather the children from their Sunday School classes, and return to the Church for the Eucharist.

Lay Leadership is vitally important to the worship life of this congregation. At Emmanuel, there are currently 14 Eucharistic Ministers, men, women, and youth, who assist in all scheduled services, preside and preach at services when none of the clergy are present, and bring the Sacrament to the sick and shut-ins. As well, there are 4 who serve as Lay Readers and Intercessors.

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