I love to volunteer for St. Philip's. Sometimes I need to put my contact info out so others can reach me. I'm uncomfortable giving my email address out to the public. I understand that I can use a St. Philip's pseudo email account. How do I set it up? Th
Thanks for asking, its very important for our congregation and visitors to be able to find contact information for our ministry leaders and point persons for events, etc. quickly and easily.
Simply go to gmail and set up a new email account which includes your first name, a period, and stphilips, like this:
If you don't want to have to check this account separately, you can go to settings in gmail and have the emails forwarded to your personal email account.
Please let the church office know when you set this up so that it can be used in all communications!
I am moving to Nashville by the end of February. When I come to your church what will I need to do take Holy Communion?-Jo
An early welcome to Nashville!
If you are a baptized Christian, that's all you need in order to receive Holy Communion.
The worship bulletin at St. Philip's makes an invitation to come to the altar rail to receive, and there are even specific instructions as to how to do it. Standing or kneeling, receive the wafer of bread and/or the wine; you may sip from the common chalice, or have the Eucharistic minister intinct (dip) the wafer into the wine for you, or you may have the chalice of wine pass you by altogether if you cross your hands over your chest.
Church Cat hopes this answer makes it possible for you to relax and enter into worship when you come, and know, too, that you really can't do too much wrong when you worship the Lord!
What are the differences between the 8:00 and 10:30 Sunday morning services? It's difficult to get to sleep at night, but I don't want to miss out by going to the later service. -Curious One
Our 8 oclock service is a spoken service - that is, there is no music during it; the Gloria and Sanctus are spoken as well. Without hymns, it is a shorter service than the one at 10:30. At that later service, nursery is available, hymns are sung, children are invited to the chancel steps for a 3-minute visit before exiting for their own Service of the Word (they return for Communion after the Peace and while announcements are shared), and the service lasts a little longer - a little over an hour.
Thanks for asking! Join us for whichever service appeals to you and your morning schedule!
-The Church Cat
I have two questions. Is there a dress code for services? Obviously nothing very inappropriate but what else? Also, is the church or a chapel open to the public for prayer? If so what times? -Soulfire
No, there is no formal dress code for attending church. It is good to think about how we present ourselves to God and to others, though. What that looks like can vary widely, but our outward appearances can mirror somehow our inward respect for neighbors and reverence for God.
We welcome your praying in the church or chapel - we just want to be sure we can let you in, so call the church office to be sure someone is here. The unfortunate realities of vandalism to our church and others in our area has made it necessary for us to lock doors - a thing unheard of in the Episcopal Church just 25 or 30 years ago. But we do our best to make worship space available.
Thanks for your questions!
The Church Cat
Yes, LGBT people are not only allowed in church they are invited and encouraged to worship God in His church.. At the Episcopal Church's General Convention this summer in Indianapolis, this wording is included in Resolution D061:
We are committed to the inclusion of all God’s people, including lesbians, gays,
bisexuals, transgenders, and other sexual minorities, in the full life of the Church.
We believe that these same people should be fully protected by the civil laws of
every society, enjoying the protections of law against violence and living under
society’s common obligations.
There were other resolutions passed that protect LGBT persons and others whose gender expression is different from the norm. You can view all resolutions passed at the General Convention at: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/resolutions
Thanks for your question!
The Church Cat
Dear Here Kitty, Kitty,
I'm glad you asked about the eyeglasses collection, because we honestly don't know who's collecting them! So we're going to ask everyone - our congregation: Will the nice person collecting eyeglasses please step forward? We'd like to know who's collecting and where they will go...
Why do Episcopalians not honor the Blessed Mother, especially on Her Holy days of obligation? -Anonymous
Thank you for asking about the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ! While Episcopalians do not use the same terminology as the Roman Catholic church about Holy Days and Feast Days in the church calendar, that is, we do not use the term "Holy days of obligation," we do honor The Blessed Virgin in the church calendar.
In large Episcopal churches that schedule worship services every day of the week, Her holy days would be celebrated on those appropriate days on the calendar. And there are more than one! Mary's Holy Days are March 25, The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary; May 31, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and August 15 is the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Interestingly enough, The Annunciation and The Visitation are Holy Days that are transferable to the next Sunday if their calendar dates do not fall on Sundays, but Mary's Feast Day is not transferable to a Sunday celebration.
Episcopalian worship comes in slightly different flavors. There are larger churches able to keep every day on the calendar with its appropriate Holy or Feast or Fast day observed. There are Episcopal churches who celebrate in the "high" tradition and perhaps venerate the Mother of Our Lord more so than do the churches in the "low" tradition. But without exception, Episcopalians, because of our catholic roots and our orthodox tradition, hold the Mother of Our Lord Jesus in high esteem.
In the Book of Common Prayer, there are Collect prayers for Mary's Holy Days and her Feast Day:
The Annunciation March 25
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have
known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced
by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion
be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and
reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and for ever Amen.
The Visitation May 31
Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your
incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more
blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the
exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her
devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.
Saint Mary the Virgin August 15
O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary,
mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been
redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your
eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.
Dear Church Cat,
When is the next healing Wednesday night service?
St. Philip’s holds a Holy Eucharistic service in our Chapel each Wednesday at 5:30 pm. On the 1st Wednesday of each month, the Sacrament of Healing is offered as part of the service.
For those who may not know, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has a section known as the “Ministration to the Sick”. Prayers for healing, also known as Holy Unction, is intended to help the healing of body, mind or spirit. Holy Unction is one of the sacramental rites guided by the Holy Spirit. Healing may also be sought for relationships that are in distress or for strength and guidance at some specific crossroad of life. The priest will make the sign of the cross in Holy Oil on your forehead, will lay hands on your head, and will pray softly (to insure your privacy) for God's blessing. It is available to those who are not members of the Episcopal Church as well as to members.
The Church Cat prays that everyone in distress of body, mind or spirit seek out this important sacrament either by partaking in the 1st Wednesday of the month service or by appointment with our priest.
+Peace, The Church Cat
Dear Church Cat:
I can’t come to church regularly with my work schedule. Sometimes I fall behind with my pledges and sometimes I forget to bring in my pledge when I attend. Is there a better way to make my pledge payments?
There is a great way to make a pledge or any other donation to St. Philip’s. It is very easy! There are personal computer programs such as Quicken and On-Line payments through your bank which can send payments to St. Philip's. This could be a regular amount done automatically, or particular amount when you feel able to do so. You can contact the Church Secretary for more information, but you really need to know just two things to get going. They are St. Philip’s bank account info so your bank knows where to send the payments:
· St. Philip’s Bank Routing Number
· St. Philip’s Bank Account Number
There is another e-payment method where St. Philip’s could initiate a regular withdrawal from your checking or savings account. This could be done on the 1st of each month, the 16th of each month or both. There is a slight cost to St. Philip’s so we don’t offer it right now. However, if there is enough interest we certainly can!
The Church Cat really likes e-pledging and encourages everyone to do it. Thanks for asking!
+Peace, The Church Cat.