Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan!
Here at Good Sam, you’ll find a faith community dedicated to sharing Christ’s most generous welcome. No matter what – your age, religious background, ethnicity, marital status, social or economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical challenges, political affiliation or leanings – you will find a warm and generous welcome here. As a committed “Believe Out Loud” congregation, our promise is to live out in our lives what we believe in our hearts: that the invitation to Christ’s community, and to Christ’s table, comes from Jesus Christ himself. Just as he practiced radically inclusive love and hospitality, we warmly welcome everyone with abundant generosity – in fact, we’re not complete without you!
What to Expect
Every Sunday we offer three different services to choose from.
- 8:00 a.m. in the smaller chapel with a spoken, prayerful service spoken in Elizabethan language.
- 9:15 a.m. Contemporary Service in Lounge where the worship is less complex and the music is more modern.
- 10:30 a.m Traditional Service in the large sanctuary with full choirs and organ.
You might feel unsure in a new church, so at Good Samaritan everyone is greeted on Sundays by our “Ministers of Welcome”. They are aware of the gift of your presence and stand ready to help.
Traditional Service in the Large Sanctuary
As you enter our sanctuary you will be greeted by an usher and given a service leaflet to guide you through the service. Find a seat anywhere you like and take a minute to review the leaflet for the Scripture readings, the prayers, and the Hymn numbers we’ll sing together. The hymns are in the blue Hymnal in front of your seat. (the letter “S” before a hymn means that hymn will be found towards the front of the Hymnal). You will find a wide range of ways to participate in worship – some will stand, or kneel, or bow at different times. Don’t worry about what to do – just let the worship and the community carry you.
The Holy Eucharist
The Eucharist is name given to the type of service. The first part of the service is designated the Word of God. It usually includes the entrance rite, the lessons and gradual psalm, the gospel, the sermon, the Nicene Creed, the prayers of the people, the confession of sin and absolution, and the peace. The second portion of the service is designated the Holy Communion. It includes the offertory, the consecration of the bread and wine in the Great Thanksgiving, the communion of the people, and the concluding prayers of thanksgiving and dismissal. A blessing may be given prior to the dismissal.
After the Traditional Service
At the end of every Traditional Service, our clergy stands at the back of the church to greet everyone as they leave and to invite you for coffee and refreshments in the fellowship hall.