Church, like most other branches of the worldwide Anglican Communion,
uses a version of The Book of Common Prayer for daily and Sunday
worship. Page numbers and hymn numbers are posted, announced, or printed
in the service bulletin. If you're having difficulty finding the right
page or following the service, don't be afraid to ask someone sitting
nearby for help.
commonly used services found in the Prayer Book are The Holy Eucharist
and Morning Prayer. The Book of Common Prayer (1979) contains
two versions of each service--one in traditional language (Rite One)
and one using contemporary words (Rite Two).
usually listed in the service leaflet or announced. If there is an S
before the hymn number (for example, S-125), the music can be found
at the front of the Hymnal.
for the Psalms (hymns of the Hebrew Scriptures) will be announced or
printed in the service leaflet, in a form that facilitates congregational
reading or singing. The Prayer Book Psalter, a poetic sixteenth-century
translation of the psalms, is included as well.
Stand, or Sit?
new to the Episcopal Church, you will quickly discover that we do a
lot of sitting, standing, and kneeling at various times in the worship
service. Generally, we stand or kneel for prayer, sit for instruction,
and stand for praise. Feel free to follow along with the congregation,
but know that you are not required to do so.
In The Church
is welcome in the Church, and children are welcome to attend any service
with you. However, if you would prefer, or if your child finds sitting
through an entire service difficult, they may participate in Sunday
School or nursery program. Worship booklets or activity packets for
children are also available. If you would like your child to be baptized,
confirmed, or enrolled in Sunday School, please contact the parish office.
Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are both Catholic
(true to the historic Christian faith) and Protestant (reformed and
evangelical). This walk in the middle way is a hallmark of Anglicanism
and of the Anglican Church in the United States, known as the Episcopal
Church. Our core beliefs are expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds,
shared with many other Christians. You are welcome here with all of
your doubts and questions!
are members of the Episcopal Church by virtue of their baptism, for
we believe that the Church is the body of which Jesus Christ is the
Head and of which all baptized persons are members. The ordained ministers
are bishops, priests, or deacons.
and the Holy Eucharist (The Lord's Supper) are the two great sacraments
(visible signs of spiritual grace) in the Anglican tradition. In addition
to the Sacraments and the Creeds, there are two other
essential foundations of the Episcopal Church: the Holy Scriptures
of the Old and New Testaments and the Historic Episcopate, the
line of succession of bishops in the life of the Church. (The word "episcopal"
means "relating to a bishop.")
feel free to contact our clergy members with any questions you may have
about the Episcopal Church in general, or about our church in particular.
Memorial Episcopal Church is located in downtown Champaign, Illinois,
next to the Historic Virginia Theater. Please see the Worship Services
schedule at the right for times to join us in worship. To speak with
a clergyperson outside of scheduled worship services, please contact
the parish office at 217-352-9827.