Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly your, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Book of Common Prayer, pg 832)
Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Celtic Evensong and Holy Eucharist
In our hurried and noisy world, our Celtic Evensong offers gracious space and an evening’s hour to enjoy the power of quiet prayer and reflection, gently touched by candlelight and music. The Celtic tradition holds that we find God in Christ in our hearts, in each other, and in all creation. This spiritual tradition, part of our Anglican/Episcopal heritage, took root in Scotland, Ireland, Northumbria and their coastal islands. At this service use the Iona Worship Book as our foundational liturgy.
This is a quiet, early morning, meditative service in the Chapel, following Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer.
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Sung service of Holy Eucharist
This service uses Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer. Parish choirs lead the music in this service. On the first Sunday of the month, this is a special “family friendly” service that includes a message accessible for all ages and music by the Youth Choir.
The Sacrament of Laying on of Hands for Healing is offered on the last Sunday of the month after all worship services.
Sunday School classes and child-care are offered during the 10:00 service. A coffee hour follows, except on the first Sunday of the month, when breakfast is served.
About our worship
With the exception of the Saturday Evening Celtic Evensong, for our weekend services we use the Book of Common Prayer to guide us through worship, special holy days, sacraments such as baptism and marriage, and funerals.
The Lectionary is the three-year cycle of Scripture readings that we use throughout the church year, which begins with the first Sunday of Advent.
A booklet about baptisms, marriages or funerals at St. Barnabas’ is provided when meeting with the Rector to help your planning.
Holy Eucharist (Communion)
The Holy Eucharist is central to the life of St. Barnabas’ Church, and is celebrated at all weekend services. Worshippers of all ages are invited to receive Communion.
Baptism marks our entrance into the Church, the body of Christ. Baptism is available for all ages. St. Barnabas’ offers classes for adults, and for parents who wish to have their child/children baptized. If you wish to be baptized or to have your child baptized, please contact the church office to arrange a meeting with the Rector.
Confirmation is offered for adults and for youth 13 years old and over at the time of the Bishop’s annual Pastoral Visit. Prospective members from other Christian denominations or persons who wish to renew their Baptismal Vows are also presented at this service Preparation classes are scheduled at various times throughout the year.
Memorial and Funeral Services
Memorial or Funeral Services are conducted for members of St. Barnabas’. Services may also be arranged for family members of parishioners. Memorial or Funeral services are planned in consultation with the clergy. Please contact the church office (302-994-6607) when this need arises.
Weddings are arranged in consultation with the clergy. Several counseling sessions are required for all those who wish to be married at St. Barnabas’. Remarriages are permitted in the Episcopal Church. If you are considering marriage, please contact the church office (302-994-6607) as soon as possible.