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)

Sacraments

The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” (An Outline of the Faith, Book of Common Prayer, 857)

There is a well-known prayer among Orthodox Chrisitans that speaks of the spirit of God being “present in all places and filling all things.” This is a profound affirmation regarding the understanding of God and His relationship to the world – namely, that God is truly near to us, not detached though unseen. Indeed, God is present and active in our lives and in the creation about us.

The Church recognizes special experiences of God’s presence in our common life, when God’s presence is heightened and celebrated. We call these events of the Sacraments. Sacraments are defined in the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer as “0utward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means for receiving God’s grace” (BCP, 857). In the Orthodoz tradition, they Sacraments have often been called “Mysteries,” emphasizing the special discolsure of God’s own self through the prayers and actions of His people.

But not only do the Sacraments disclose and reveal God, they also make us more receptive to God’s presence. The Sacraments and the rites which accompany them in the Episcopal Church include prayers, hymns, scripture, gestures, and processions. Moreover, all of the Sacraments make use of the material of creation as outward and visible signs of God’s revelation. Water, oil, bread, and wine are but a few of the many elements which the Episcopal Church used in its sacramental worship.

Baptism and Eucharist are called the the “two great sacraments of the Gospel…given by Christ to his church” (BCP, 858). The Episcopal Church recognizes that five other sacramental rites, which evolved in the church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, including: Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Unction (Anointing of the Sick).

God is everything that is good. All life’s pleasures and comforts are sacramental; they are God’s hands touching us..” (Saint Julian of Norwich, 1342-1416)

Saint David’s Episcopal Church

145 East Edgewood Drive

Lakeland, Florida  33803

863.686.4143

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