Psalm 95:1,2,6,7

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.

Worship at Good Sam is based on Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer, but with changes, frequently based on the liturgical season. Any Episcopalian would recognize our Eucharist and will feel comfortable in our service.

“Half way through the Sunday Service I find myself smiling for no reason at all. That is the work of the Holy Spirit setting everything right with the world. That is what Good Sam consistently is for me.”

We actively seek creative and innovative worship that builds on the BCP foundation but uses its tools in a way that encourages and challenges our participation in the Eucharist.

pic 07 worshipOur primary Sunday worship, with an average attendance of 183, begins at 9:30 am. We also have an intimate service, with an attendance of 10-20, in the chapel at 7:45 am. A healing service, with Eucharist, is held every Wednesday at 9:30 am.

The architecture of the worship center informs the worship and the community by bringing people into greater participation. The semicircular arrangement, with no altar rail, brings people into close proximity with the alter and truly reflects the priesthood of all people.

Our mobile baptismal font allows for flexibility in the worship space. It is brought to the front of the altar for baptisms so that the entire community may witness the sacrament. Children of the community are invited to come forward for the baptism.

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“At Communion, when people touch one another as they receive the bread or wine gives me a sense of love and support within the community.”
We hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer and lay hands on people as they receive communion. We use a call and response format between the priest and the congregation for the Words of Institution. When a parishioner is leaving the area, the entire congregation comes to the altar to lay on hands in a blessing to that person.

The passing of peace involves people leaving their seats and greeting as many of our neighbors as time allows.

We have an active and highly functioning Worship Committee that meets monthly and plans the seasonal liturgies well in advance.

pic 09 worshipThe music is eclectic, and spiritually uplifting. On any given Sunday you may hear traditional organ-accompanied hymns from the 1982 hymnal, contemporary music, such as John Foley and Craig Courtney, Gospel-style arrangements, and modern praise music, such as Chris Tomlin. We also have a Bell Choir that performs one Sunday each month.

An example of music sung on Easter Sunday can be heard here: I Will Rise