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The Way We Worship

We are a liturgical church. During worship, people participate through their verbal responses, readings from Holy Scripture, singing of hymns, offering prayers, and by receiving Holy Communion. The silence at various intervals provides time for

individuals to think and reflect on his or her personal experience with God.

Practices vary—even among individual Episcopalians—as to when it is appropriate to sit, to stand or to kneel. The rule of thumb is “Stand to sing, sit to listen, and kneel to pray.” We also stand during the reading of the Holy Gospel. Just do what others around you are doing, or sit and observe, or do whatever feels comfortable for you.

As Episcopalians, we use the Book of Common Prayer, found in the pews. Feel free to use the Books of Common Prayer found in the pews or to follow along using our bulletin.

In the Episcopal Church, all baptized persons are welcome to receive Communion. If you are not baptized you are invited to come to the altar rail for a blessing.

We hope you will join us at St. John's Franklin

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