Worship

Regularly Scheduled Services
Weekly Sunday Services are Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am and 11:15 am with a Coffee Hour following each service. Child care is provided throughout the morning.  

Holiday Worship Schedule:

Thanksgiving Day*                   Thursday, November 24                  10am
Christmas Eve (Family)             Saturday, December 24                    5pm
Christmas Eve (Formal)             Saturday, December 24             10:30pm
Christmas Day*                           Sunday, December 25                    10am
New Year's Day*                            Sunday, January 1                       10am
*Only one service on this day 

Our worship in general follows the forms of The Book of Common Prayer.  The biblical lessons used each week come from the Revised Common Lectionary, an ecumenical calendar of readings over a three year cycle of Sundays.  If you are interested in seeing the lessons that will be used on any given Sunday, you can check out the fabulous website hosted by Vanderbilt University , or a simpler calendar of readings called simply the Lectionary Page .

Inclusive Language

St. Margaret's Church makes every effort to make the language of worship conform to our conviction that the nature of God embraces both male and female and that men and women are equal in God's sight. Therefore, in our worship, we take our Bible readings from the New Revised Standard Version, the best translation currently available in this aspect, and Psalms from inclusive language sources. In our liturgies, we make minimal but symbolically important changes in the language of the prayer book in accord with our commitment to inclusive expression. Some historical texts, like the Lord's Prayer, that are widely known and loved are left unaltered, as is copyrighted material, such as hymns and anthems. In those texts, as in the ones that are changed, we recognize and affirm both the masculine and feminine in God.



Altar Guild


The Altar Guild provides us with a beautiful space and the simple implements needed to celebrate the Eucharist. 

They clean, polish, dust and maintain the beauty of our sanctuary. 

For more information please contact Florence Palmer at 301.445.2879 or via email at flojan@verizon.net





Flower Guild

St. Margaret's community is a community that appreciates the aesthetic and is blessed with simple yet stunning arrangements of flowers on the high altar, under the central altar, around the lecterns, and on special occasions at the baptistry, pew ends, and even the columbarium. 

    The flower guild is currently accepting volunteers. While it is helpful, flower arranging skills are not necessary. If you would like to join this important ministry, please call or email Bob Healy 202-966-4252, bhealy10@hotmail.com to volunteer.





Lay Eucharistic Visitors

     Every week members of the congregation take the Eucharist directly from the altar to those in the congregation who aren't able to attend church because they are ill or no longer mobile. This ministry is critical in that it keeps us bound together as a community and assures that those who are unable to be with us are visited by lay persons as well as clergy. Though this is a liturgical, not a pastoral role per se, it is a way that we can be alert to the needs of those who are not physically with us. If you would be interested in assisting, please contact Kate Blackburn at kateblackburn730@hotmail.com



Liturgical Participants

 
  
St. Margaret's children and adults offer their consistent presence each Sunday morning at the 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM services. We ensure a seamless service by serving as acolytes, chalice administrators, crucifers, intercessors, lectors and vergers. Interested members should contact head verger Charlie Briggs at charlesmbriggs@aol.com to set up a brief training and be included in the rota.
      
Ushers
    Often the first people that visitors encounter, our ushers strive to welcome all who enter. If you are a member looking for a way to get more involved in the life of the parish, why not consider this ministry? Interested? please contact the Assistant Rector at 202.232.2995, ext. 13 or info@stmargaretsdc.org.