ST. COLUMBA’S CHURCH
We are a small Episcopal parish established in Inverness, California in 1898. We moved to our current location in 1951. It was formerly summer mansion of the Frick family, completed in 1930. The owner aspired to crafting an elegant sanctuary ambiance with hopes that his daughters would be married at home beneath the soaring redwood ceilings. With our ability to offer both a Sanctuary as well as retreat lodging for group and family retreats, we are richly blessed by the opportunity to come together in harmony and celebration in such inspiring natural beauty.
Our faith is a living faith, and our church
is a community, not just an idea.
Weekly Sunday services are at 10:00 AM in our main sanctuary. Adjoining the sanctuary is a small chapel used for special services and as a peaceful space for contemplative prayer. It was once an enclosed sun-porch and, as such, offers serene views of the Bay and surrounding forest.
Episcopal services follow a liturgical tradition with roots in the earliest known Christian communities as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles and continually offered by Christians for the last two thousand years. The central rite is the Service of Holy Eucharist (aka “Communion,” or “The Lord’s Supper”). Eucharist is a Greek word which means “thanksgiving”. All Christian believers are welcome at the Lord’s Table at St. Columba’s Church.
The first part of the liturgy (“The Liturgy of the Word” ) consists of Welcome and Penitential prayers, scripture readings and a sermon or homily. This is followed an Affirmation of Faith (The Nicene Creed), the Prayers of the People, and the Exchange of Peace.
The second part of the liturgy (“The Liturgy of the Eucharist”) begins with the offerings of the congregation, then proceeds with the Eucharistic Prayer, Consecration of the Elements (bread and wine), Communion, the Post-Communion Prayer, Blessing and Dismissal.
Sunday services are about one hour in length while Wednesday services are typically 45 minutes. Both include a sermon as well as a Eucharist (Communion).
Rites I and II
Service worship is guided (based upon) a “Book of Common Prayer” (BCP). Click here if you would like to know more about this historic, 16th-century English foundation for Episcopal and Anglican Services world-wide.
Based upon their membership preferences, every Episcopal parish chooses between BCP service options. St. Columba’s congregation has chosen to alternate weekly two very similar service formats (“Rites”) found in the Book of Common Prayer:
- Rite I services contain the more ‘Traditional’ 16th century language. Piano music accompany hymns drawn from the Episcopal Hymnal. Rite 1 is the default selection for special occasions such as Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter.
- Rite II services are more informal linguistically and are typically accompanied by our members Music Group. (New singers and musicians are always and eagerly welcomed!)