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Getting Married at COS


The sacrament of marriage is a unique manifestation of God’s love. Many couples have enjoyed the rich architectural beauty of our sanctuary as an uplifting place to seal their union before God.

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Getting Married at COS


The sacrament of marriage is a unique manifestation of God’s love. Many couples have enjoyed the rich architectural beauty of our sanctuary as an uplifting place to seal their union before God.

Getting Married at COS

Weddings and Holy Unions are joyful and meaningful events at Church of Our Saviour.  We blend tradition with personal experience to celebrate the love between two individuals and to bless the new home they are making. 

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Making the Initial Inquiry

“The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” is the hallmark phrase that defines all our ministries.  It is a special joy to plan a wedding for someone already part of our congregation’s life—or a young adult who was raised in the parish.  But we also welcome couples who are exploring a spiritual home for their new relationship and may have never been to Church of our Saviour.   

Episcopalians have been blessing same-sex unions for many years, and are now thrilled to marry same-sex and LGBTQ couples by canon and secular law. 

Marriage Prep Weekends

Group sessions on a Friday night and a morning-to-mid-afternoon on a Saturday help couples open the door to a deeper appreciation of the ceremony itself, and for the personal touches that brides and grooms can bring to this special event in their lives. Clergy, psychologists and other speakers, along with interaction between couples, make Marriage Prep weekends at COS a surprising success for participants. 

The COS Wedding ADMINISTRATOR

The COS Wedding Administrator assists brides and grooms with all the details of planning and executing a wedding at Church of Our Saviour.  She is always happy to answer questions and to guide couples through out the process.  To find out more about getting married at COS, contact our wedding administrator, Holly Sandefur at cosweddings@gmail.com.

 

FAQ Sheet

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Schedule


In addition to Sunday services, a lot goes on at Church of Our Saviour during the week and throughout the year!
 

Schedule


In addition to Sunday services, a lot goes on at Church of Our Saviour during the week and throughout the year!
 

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Sunday Schedule

7:45 AM
Spoken Eucharist

9:00 AM
Family-centered Eucharist

10:00 AM
Church School and Adult Formation

10:45 AM
Choral Eucharist

Weekly Schedule

Monday
Clergy day off
Food For Friends 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Tuesday
Monthly Healing Service, 6:15 PM
Youth Group and EfM, 7:00 PM
Book Club every second Tuesday, 7:00 PM

Wednesday
AA, 7:00 PM
Vestry third Wednesday of every month, 7:00 PM

Thursday
Food For Friends 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    
Friday
closed
        
Saturday
Food for Friends, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
 

FOR UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS, CLICK HERE!

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Sacraments


Sacraments


Church of Our Saviour in particular (and Episcopalians generally) are “sacramental” Christians.  We believe that God’s grace is active in our lives from birth to death.  Sometimes we see it clearly and embrace it with gratitude and joy.  Sometimes (indeed much of the time) we ignore it, take it for granted and even avoid it.  But still, we believe that grace is all around us.  As a church we find all sorts of ways to make this grace of God visible, to support one another in claiming it as God’s free gift to us, and in allowing it to transform our lives so that we can be better citizens of God’s kingdom.

Baptism

The Episcopal Church teaches that baptism is the sacrament through which people are joined with the Body of Christ. We baptize people of any age. At Church of Our Saviour, Holy Baptism is administered as part of the Eucharist on the following occasions: at the Easter Vigil (March or April), on the day of Pentecost (May or June), on the Sunday after All Saints’ Day (November), on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (January) and on other Sundays throughout the year as scheduled. Candidates for baptism (or if they are children/infants, their parents and sponsors) attend baptismal preparation with one of the clergy.

Confirmation / Reception

Solemn Communion

Solemn communion is offered for children in second grade or higher, to deepen their understanding of what takes place during the Eucharist. (Young children in our Parish receive communion from the time they communicate a desire for it, but may want to know more about the sacrament as they get older.) It involves a series of classes, culminating with the Solemn Communion Service where each child is welcomed into a deeper relationship with God. In the classes, adults and children wonder together about the mystery of communion and the profound gift given to us in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It is an invitation to consider a singular moment in a child’s spiritual life in new and age appropriate ways. The class is offered every winter.

Confirmation

The Episcopal Church expects that all adult members will, after appropriate instruction, make a mature pubic affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism and will be confirmed by a bishop of the church. Church of Our Saviour offers an adult inquirer’s class on the history, theology, liturgy, and traditions of the Episcopal Church, and its place within the larger Christian faith. This class is a prerequisite for Confirmation. For young people, preparation for confirmation through instruction is offered every year. Adolescent inquirers may choose to be confirmed at the end of this instruction.

Reception / Registration

Baptized persons who have been confirmed by a bishop in a Christian Church with the historic episcopate (such as the Roman Catholic or Orthodox Church) or by a bishop of a church in communion with the Episcopal Church (such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) are, after appropriate instruction, “received” by a bishop into the Episcopal Church


Any person who has received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism (with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit in the Episcopal or other Christian Church) may become a member of Church of Our Saviour by letting us know who you are, taking part in the Holy Eucharist, and making a regular commitment to financially support our parish (At COS we call it a 'pledge.') People may pledge at whatever level circumstances allow.

    Reconciliation / Healing

    On the second Tuesday of every month, we celebrate Holy Eucharist at 6:15 in the evening. For those who attend this service, the sacrament of healing, sometimes called unction, is available. Persons have the opportunity for a priest to anoint them with blessed oil and pray for healing.

    The sacrament of reconciliation is often called "confession." It provides an opportunity to unburden oneself to a priest, in strict confidentiality.  The priest pronounces God's forgiveness and encourages the person to move forward, confident in God’s love.

    FUNERALS

    The clergy at Church of Our Saviour is always ready to offer solace and comfort for those who experience the loss of a loved one, and to work with you to provide a suitable funeral or memorial service.

    Memorial Celebrations and Funerals at COS

    When death takes away a beloved friend or family member, Church of Our Saviour (COS) believes that there are three ways to respond:

    • Grieve the loss of a person who will be sadly missed;
    • Celebrate their life and the enduring gifts they have left behind;
    • Pray them into heaven, enshrouding them in their new experience with the comforting love they knew here. 

    Our bereavement counseling and public worship services honor all three of these important manifestations of loss.

    At the Time of Death

    COS parishioners know that sacramental moments help mark the various transitions in life, including the last one. Anointing is offered at any time of poor health or strain in an individual’s or family’s life.  It is especially important when an illness has been deemed terminal or a physical condition becomes dire.

    Both the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and individual ministers at COS offer a variety of ways to prepare for the final passage of life.  We have an “End of Life” ministry, which can be accessed by parishioners and anyone who feels the need of this service.  Contact Stephen Gambill.

    Planning a Service

    Among the many concerns that strike family and friends following the death of a loved one is planning a suitable public gathering.  The Episcopal Church provides beautiful and rich Christian services that are readily adapted to individual circumstances.  The worship coordinator is available to help. 

    The “End of Life” ministry also assists individuals in pre-planning their service.

    Funeral Planning Worksheet

     

     

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    Music


    Music


    Choir

    Church of Our Saviour has had a vested choir for nearly a century. From the processional through the closing hymn, the choir’s presence is an integral part of our 10:45 worship service on Sunday mornings, and celebrations throughout the church year such as our Christmas Eve Mass. The choir rehearses before services on Sunday mornings. During the summer there is no formal choir, but there are summer soloists and an informal “pick-up” choir. Various instrumentalists participate from time to time, particularly for Christmas and Easter services.

    Handbells

    The handbell ringers provide a beautiful accompaniment to the 10:45 worship service and celebrations throughout the church year.

    Contemporary

    The music at the 9:00 service reflects the energy and diversity of its congregation.  Musicians Mike and Cate Mascari lead the liturgical music with piano, guitar and voice, while also encouraging members of the congregation to contribute with their vocal and instrumental talents.   The style of hymnody encompasses a variety of genres, and utilizes a wide range of Episcopal hymnals including the traditional 1982 and its more contemporary supplement “Wonder, Love, and Praise”, the African-American “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, the child-centered “My Heart Sings Out” and the female-composed and inspired “Voices”.  The intention of the music is to honor the traditions of COS while challenging both young and old to explore their musical relationship with God in a variety of new and exciting ways.

    COS's Evening Service is calming and contemplative, and the music is a spare, beautiful reflection of that atmosphere. Through simple, elegant arrangements of a variety of sacred songs, the musicians of the Evening Service fuel feeling and thinking deeply, to energize you for the week ahead. 

    Volunteer / Audition

    If you are interested in becoming part of our choir, ringers, or contemporary music team, please link below:

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    Who You'll Meet


    Who You'll Meet


    Every church is more about the people who make it their home than about its buildings or programs, and we are no exception.  Our parish understands that we are a diverse group.  We are mainly white, but racial and ethnic minorities find a comfortable home here.  We are mainly straight and middle class, but people of all sorts and conditions are part of the fabric of our common life.  We have a lot of families with children of every age and a lot of older parishioners—but we are a community that celebrates both and warmly integrates older and younger people.

    When we say we are ‘diverse’ we mainly mean that Christian life and experience vary widely.  Some of us are sacramental and mystical, some evangelical or charismatic; some find God most fully in private prayer, some in the active work of feeding the hungry or protesting for peace; some experience church as completely compelling and engrossing, some keep church as only a tangential part of their weekly life.  At Church of Our Saviour we make room for these various interests and expressions of Christian community and ministry.

    We also organize our life to make it work well.  We have a “Vestry” that manages the constitutional and financial aspects of parish life.  We also have a “Parish Council” that provides leadership for our many mission and ministry activities.  Both are supported and led by our “Executive Committee.”  The staff is comprised of a “Rector” (chief pastor); a Director of Children and Family Ministries; Mission Administrators for our 5 mission areas (Praising God, Growing as Christians, Serving Others, Stewarding our Resources, and Participating in the Larger Church); Musicians who provide a range of musical styles to support various worship experiences; a “Sexton” (the Episcopal term for custodian); and a Community Liaison person (who provides safety and good community relations during our hot lunch programs and when the building is used by community organizations).

    For those persons who have an interest in participating more directly in worship, there are many opportunities. All these groups, in various ways, contribute to our worship experience each Sunday and at other weekday services.  We always welcome new participants, and offer training as needed.

    Acolyte

    An acolyte is a child or adult who assists the priest and deacon at the altar during. Acolytes at our three Sunday morning services may be candle-bearers, communion servers, crucifer, or thurifer.  A Minister of Ceremonies (MC) is a senior acolyte who is in charge of the Sunday morning worship service at 10:45.

    Eucharistic Minister

    Eucharistic ministers assist as chalice bearers during communion.

    Deacon

    A deacon assists the priest during worship.  Deacons are ordained and called to a special ministry of servanthood. Diaconal formation includes academic study and practical experience.

    Lector

    This is a ministry of reading Scripture or leading the Prayers of the People during worship.

    Usher

    Our ushers are at the door on Sunday mornings to welcome old friends and newcomers alike. They collect the offering, organize the Offertory and direct the congregation to the communion stations. After the service, they straighten up the pews and make certain the church is in good order for the next service.

    Altar Guild

    The Altar Guild works to keep the church beautiful. They take care of the vestments and vessels used during the Eucharist and also assist at weddings and funerals. They get together to polish brass, launder linens, and prepare all that is needed for worship. It’s a ministry of love and care.

    Flower Friends

    Parishioners arrange the flowers on the altar for worship each Sunday. We accept contributions for flowers, either as memorials or thank offerings. At Christmas and Easter, we receive special contributions and the church is festively decorated. A flower donation sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board by the Parish Hall.

    Homilist

    The homilist participates in the worship service by speaking to the congregation to give voice to the Word of God. While our Rector is our most frequent homilist, he also welcomes other clergy and guest homilists.