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)

Holy Eucharist

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food  in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen..” (Holy Eucharist Rite 2, Book of Common Prayer, 365)

Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood, and the principal act of Christian worship. It is the sacrament of remembrance of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again, which was commanded by Christ at the Last Supper. It is, moreover, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present and through which we are united to Christ’s own self offering. 

The Last Supper narrative provides the basis for the fourfold eucharistic action of taking, blessing, breaking, and sharing. The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received, which becomes the inward and spiritual grace of the Body and Blood of Christ given to the people. Christ’s body and blood are really present in the sacrament of the eucharist and received by faith. Christ’s presence is also known in the gathered eucharistic community.

In the BCP, the whole service is entitled the Holy Eucharist, though the practice of remembrance goes by several other names: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy, Mass, and the Great Offering. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. The celebration of Holy Eucharist follows a usual pattern, called liturgy, that consists of two parts:

1. the Word of God – including entrance rites, scriptural lessons, the recitation of the Nicene Creed, and prayers of the people, confession, and peace.

2. the Holy Communion – including an offertory, the consecration of bread and wine, the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ, and a blessing and dismissal, inviting the faithful to bring Christ into the world.

The service of Holy Eucharist can be found on pp. 316-399 of The Book of Common Prayer.

“To partake of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ is good and beneficial; for he say quite plainly: ‘He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.’ Who can doubt that to share continually in life is the same thing as having life abundantly.” (Saint Basil the Great, 4th c. AD)

Saint David’s Episcopal Church

145 East Edgewood Drive

Lakeland, Florida  33803

863.686.4143

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