Worship

Chalice and Paten
“Spirit divine, attend our prayers, and make this house thy home; descend with all thy gracious powers, O come, great Spirit, come! … Come as the fire, and purge our hearts like sacrificial flame; let our whole soul an offering be to our Redeemer’s Name.”
 Saint Agnes

The focus of our Christian community is upon worship as a joyful response to God’s Word in our lives.  The sacrament of the Holy is at the center of our service, and unites us together in Christ and His Church in a mystical way beyond our understanding.  In our worship we prepare ourselves to make a difference in the world as modern day disciples of Jesus Christ.

What to expect when you visit St. Timothy’s

Service Times

  • Holy Eucharist Rite I
    Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m.
  • Holy Eucharist Rite II with music
    Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
  • Holy Eucharist Rite II in Spanish
    Sunday afternoons at 12:00 noon
  • At special times during the year we celebrate Holy Eucharist with a bi-lingual service
    With readings, songs and prayers in Spanish and English.
  • On several occasions of the year, we celebrate Morning Prayer, Rites I and II in place of Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings.  Morning and Evening Prayer are known as The Daily Offices of our Anglican-Episcopal tradition.

The principal act of worship each week is The Holy Eucharist, when the community gathers to hear God’s Word spoken and interpreted, sing, pray and gather to receive the bread and wine of Holy Communion.  The 8:00 a.m. service is more quiet and formal, while the 10:00 a.m. often includes the choir and is our largest service.  Our 12:00 noon service follows the work season of the Yakima Valley and begins at the end of October running through the second week of June.

Outdoor Worship ServiceWorship Style: Episcopal worship is diversely rich with a blend of traditional and contemporary styles.  The 8:00 a.m. is a more formal service without music, and the 10:00 a.m. service features songs and service music from the Episcopal Hymnal and the more contemporary songbooks, Lift Every Voice and Sing – Spirituals and Folk Music, and Wonder, Love and Praise – World Praise Music.

Special Music: During the school year we are graced with a full Choir who lead us in joyful worship and song and provide beautiful solos and anthems each Sunday. Our organist/Choir Director leads the choir and congregation in a variety of musical selections. We are also blessed with a group of guitarists who lead us once a month with classics of our Christian faith and contemporary and praise music. On occasion we have student instrumentalists on woodwinds or strings whose gift of participation adds a classical dimension to our worship.

Worship Leaders: Members of the Altar Guild, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes work together in the reading of sacred scripture and the preparation and service of the Holy Eucharist. The ushers and greeters assist newcomers in feeling welcome and help those in need to connect with the worship service and other members of the congregation. Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion weekly to members of the congregation who are unable to be present at Sunday services.

Children: Children are encouraged to participate and be in the Sunday services.  For the little ones, there are crayon drawing kits with the weekly scripture lessons and a play corner in the sanctuary with toys and games.

Coffee Hours and Adult Forum Time: Following the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:00 a.m. and the 12 noon services people gather in the parish hall for coffee and fellowship.  At 9:00 a.m. the Adult Forum alternates with Scripture reflection and study and topics in the life of faith and the liturgical year

Special Services

The seasons of the church year take on a spiritual significance, and each have their own tone, color and services as found in the Book of Common Prayer.  Advent begins the year, anticipating the joy of Christmas and Epiphany, while the introspection and quietness of Lent help prepare us for the drama of Holy Week and Easter’s promise of Resurrection and eternal life.  Pentecost is a powerful reminder of God’s presence in our world, and moves us into a long season of seeking and living into the grace of the Holy Spirit until the cycle begins again.

Click here to view our annual Liturgical Calendar

Throughout the year the milestones of our lives are celebrated through Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Memorial Services and many others.  St. Timothy’s is planning in the future for such services as Evensong and Advent Lessons and Carols.  These two genres of services along with our yearly Christmas Pageant represent the great treasures and traditions of our Episcopal faith and serve to ground our own stories into the Great Story of God’s Love for all of Creation.

Learn more about:
Holy Baptism: Celebrating Children
Marriage Services: Celebration of Holy Matrimony
Memorial Services: Celebrating the Life of a Loved One

Sunday School Program – Godly Play Program

It is offered every other Sunday during the school year for children ages 4- 12 and meets from the beginning of the 10:00 a.m. service up until the Peace during the Liturgy.  It is a Montessori-like program involving story telling with wooden figures of bible characters and a sandbox which represents the desert where a lot of the stories take place.  Through story-telling and play, children not only learn a story from scripture but get to explore it in depth by asking questions and creating work projects.  The format of the class mirrors the format of the Episcopal worship service.