Worship

St. Bart’s celebrates two Sunday services:
Rite I Eucharist at 8 a.m.
Rite II Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. (Child care provided)

Services are based on the Book of Common Prayer, 1979
Our Rite I Eucharist uses the more traditional language and is also a simpler service. We sing two hymns and the Sanctus, and the rest of the service is spoken.
Our Rite II Eucharist uses more contemporary language, including up to five hymns as well as other service music. The St. Bart's choir is an integral part of our worship team and helps lead music at the 10 a.m. service each week.
During major holidays, a brass quintet with wind, string and percussion instruments accompanies the organ and fills the entire sanctuary with the Spirit of God.

The center of our Episcopal liturgy — the center of our lives as Christians — is the celebration of the Eucharist (from the Greek, thanksgiving), also referred to as the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass.

In The Eucharist, we hear the inspired words of the Bible, a sermon which helps to illuminate the Gospels, the prayers of the people, and narrative prayer of blessing over the bread and wine.
It is in this whole act of remembrance, we experience the real presence of God.

It's our tradition at St. Bart's, to welcome all who feel called to receive communion, including children.
If you would like to receive a blessing, come forward and cross both arms over your chest. 
At St. Bart's, All are Welcome.

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which someone becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. All ministry originates in baptism, therefore, living out your baptism is central to our community life.

The Episcopal Church defines baptism as "full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298). Any baptism administered with water and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is seen as valid.

Baptism for infants and children is scheduled five times throughout the church year. Liturgically, it is particularly appropriate to baptism on Baptism of Our Lord (in January), the Great Vigil of Easter (in March or April), Pentecost (in May or June), and All Saints' Day (the first Sunday in November). Additionally, we baptize on our Patronal Feast, St. Bartholomew's Day, on the Sunday closest to August 24.

If you are interested in baptism, either for yourself or for someone you know, please contact Fr. Jeff.

The rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession and counsel) is available to all but it not required in the Episcopal Church. We sometimes say, tongue in cheek, that regarding confession in the Episcopal Church, “all may, none must, some should.”

This sacred rite, which has been committed by Christ to his Church, is exercised through the care each Christian has for others, through the common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship, and through the priesthood of Christ and his ministers declaring absolution.

The content of a confession is not normally a matter of subsequent discussion. The secrecy of a confession is morally absolute for the confessor, except in cases of the possibility of harm to self or others.

To schedule confession with a member of the clergy, please call the office.

Part of Christian development is making a mature and public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. This is called confirmation.

Confirmation involves coming before the bishop and publicly stating our faith. In baptism we join the community; we are received into the “household of God.” Confirmation marks the occasion when we decide to commit to the Christian community. This decision is acknowledged by the church, set aside as special and holy, by the rite of confirmation.

Confirmations are scheduled during a Bishop's Visitation, approximately once every two years. Youth are also able to take part in a regional confirmation class. For more information, please contact Fr. Jeff.

A death in the family can be reported to any of the clergy. They will work with you during this difficult time and will help you to make all the necessary arrangements for a meaningful memorial service in the Episcopal tradition.

Please contact the parish office at 503.644.3468 to begin the planning process.
Please note that Memorial Services at St. Bart's generally occur on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.

If you are a member of St. Bart's and would like to plan your service, please contact the office for a St. Bart's Memorial Service Planning Booklet. This booklet, prepared by our clergy, will be a great assistance to you in making decisions for your memorial service, including service options including Scripture & hymn suggestions.

We encourage all parishioners to consider pre-planning Memorial Services and keeping a copy on file with the office.

We are happy that you are considering celebrating your wedding at St. Bart’s. It is our hope that we can help make your wedding a meaningful Christian experience.

Your wedding is a time of great excitement and joy. It is also a Christian rite centered on the commitment that you are choosing to make in the presence of God and your loved ones.

The following are the first steps in planning your wedding at St. Bart’s:

1. Make an appointment to speak with one of our priests by calling the office.

2. Meet with your priest to schedule the time and date of your wedding and rehearsal. It is important that you not set a date for your wedding until you have met with your priest and together determined that St Bart’s is the right place for your celebration.

3. The clergy of St. Bart’s are delighted to preside over your wedding. If you would like another clergy person to share in your wedding service, please speak to the rector.

4. Our Canons require that at least one of you be a baptized Christian.

5. Divorce: If either of you has been divorced, our clergy must receive permission from the Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon to perform your marriage ceremony. Your priest will explain this process.
Please note the divorced person must apply at least 90 days before the ceremony.

6. Service: Weddings conducted at St. Bart’s use the Episcopal rites as approved by our Bishop.

7. Music: The St. Bart’s Music Director will work with you to advise and approve your wedding music choices.

8. Pre-Marital Counseling Plans: Please note that pre-marital counseling is required in the Episcopal Church and must occur before a wedding takes place. Your priest will help you make pre-marital counseling plans.

9. Wedding License: Please remember that you will need to obtain a wedding license and deliver it to the church a week before your wedding. Contact your local County Courthouse for information on how to apply.

10. Photography and Videography Guidelines: Since Christian marriage is a sacrament of the Church, please speak with your priest about photography inside the church before the day of your wedding.