St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is a congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. We are a warm and welcoming community, one which encourages questions and discussions. Children are always welcome at St. Patrick’s, and nursery care is provided during our regular Sunday services and all Special Services. For more general information about St. Patrick’s, click here.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Pooler exists to bring people into a meaningful and loving relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, ministry, teaching, and fellowship. We worship together as a community of believers. We nurture the faith of our members by exploring our questions honestly and openly. We serve our community in a variety of ways including children’s and adult education programs, youth programs, and participation in our local community’s food pantry. Please join us for worship and fellowship!
– The Rev. Joshua H. Varner, Vicar
Holy Week Worship Schedule
Sunday April 9 – Sunday April 16
Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – “The Entry into Jerusalem”
On Palm Sunday we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem by beginning our worship outside and processing into our worship space. The service also anticipates the rest of Holy Week with a reading of the Gospel story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. For this reason this Sunday is also sometimes known as the Sunday of the Passion.
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – “The Last Supper”
On Maundy Thursday we mark Jesus’ commandment (in Latin, mandatum, for which this day takes its name) to his disciples that they love one another. That love was made visible in Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, and in the institution of the Lord’s Supper. This service includes an optional Footwashing ceremony, as well as the Holy Eucharist, also known as Communion. This service ends with the Stripping of the Altar, by which we remember Jesus’ arrest in the Garden at Gethsemane.
Good Friday, April 14, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – “The Stations of the Cross”
At noon on Good Friday we observe the traditional service of the Stations of the Cross, which walk us through Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death.
Good Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – “The Day of the Cross”
Our traditional Good Friday liturgy includes meditations before the Cross, a reading of the full Gospel story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, and the Solemn Collects, by which we remember and pray for our entire world. Communion will be offered from the Blessed Sacrament reserved from the Maundy Thursday service.
The Great Vigil of Easter, April 15, 8:00 p.m. – “This is the Night”
The Great Vigil of Easter is the first service of Easter. In it we walk through the moments of the Resurrection itself. We gather in darkness around the fire to hear the ancient stories of the People of God, including the stories of Creation, the Exodus, and the words of the Prophets. We transition from darkness to light in the middle of the service, and proclaim the Resurrection of our Lord!
Easter Day, April 16, 10:30 a.m. – “The Day of Resurrection!”
This service is full of joy and energy as we welcome the Day of the Lord’s Resurrection! The service includes the Flowering of the Cross, and so we invite everyone to bring fresh flowers with them to church. After worship on this day we will have festivities for everyone, children and adults, to celebrate in great joy the Day of the Lord’s Resurrection!
Sunday Worship Schedule
Regular Sunday Service
Holy Eucharist (Communion)
Nursery Care is offered during the service,
and children rejoin their parents after the sermon.
Monthly Children’s Sunday School
11:45 a.m. on the third Sunday of the month
We believe in God who loves us each as we are, and who shows us that love in the world around us, in the stories of our faith, and most fully in Jesus Christ. We respond to God’s love in our daily lives, caring for all those around us, working for the good of Creation, and seeking to grow into our identity as God’s beloved children.
Our life together is centered on worship, common prayer, work, and play together. Our Sunday worship is a service of Holy Eucharist, also known as Mass, Communion, or the Lord’s Supper. All who have been baptized in any tradition are welcome to receive Communion. We welcome questions, doubts, and wondering, believing that in engaging such questions we grow in our faith.
To see pictures from our recent activities, follow this link to our Photographs page.
To see sermons from our priest, the Rev. Joshua Varner, follow this link to our Sermons page.