Saint David’s is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created you.

No matter your step on the journey or place in the story: our welcome knows no boundaries of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, economic condition, physical or mental ability, or age.

We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!

 

SUNDAY SERVICES – 8 am & 10:30 am (with 9:30 am Sunday School)

About our Worship

“The people standing, the Celebrant says….” (BCP, 355)

Worship in the Episcopal Church is said to be “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers.

For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and a great many pieces of furniture, clothing, and objects that may seem strange to newcomers.

Below are some quick descriptions of what you might find. Follow the links to the right to discover more.

Postures & Gestures

Postures and gestures establish proper mood during public prayer. The postures and gestures themselves can become embodied prayer when done in communion and with intention. The congregation will variously sit (for learning), stand (for prayer/respect), and kneel (for penitence/humility) during the service. The priest and congregation will also make a great many gestures accompanying prayer and ritual. Follow the button at right to learn more about ritual postures, gestures, and actions.

Vestments

Vestments are worn by ministers proscribed for a particular service inthe fulfillment of official function. The vestments are meant to enahance worship by conveying meaning and beauty. For example, on any given Sunday the priest may wear an Alb (white garment) symbolizing new life in Christ and a Stole (a thin garment worn around the neck) as a sign of their authority. Follow the button at right to learn more about the vestements worn during public worship.

Vessels, Linens, & other Objects

The linens and vessels used for the service of Holy Eucharist and other prayers are functional, necessary for the proper carrying out of Episcopal ritural. In their function, however, they are also beautiful, supporting the dignity of the ceremony and engaging participation. While there are a lot of vessels and other objects, the two most commonly used are the Chalice and Paten, the cup and plate used for the bread and wine become the the Body and Blood of Christ. Follow the button at right to learn more about the many vessels, linens, and objects used during public worship.

Place & Furnishings of the Church

The Church building is akin to a stage on which the great drama of the Holy Euchairst unfolds. There are two main partst to Saint David’s building: Sanctuary and Narthex. The Sanctuary is highlighted by three principal furnishings that are the focus of the drama: Altar (the holy table), Baptismal Font (a basin for water used at baptism), and Lectern (a podium often called a pulpit). Follow the button at right to learn for about the places and furnishings of the Church.

Saint David’s Episcopal Church

145 East Edgewood Drive

Lakeland, Florida  33803

863.686.4143

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