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Celtic Candlelight and Communion Service

The Celtic Evensong and Communion Service, scheduled for one Sunday a month at 5:30 p.m., is a candlelight service intended to provide a peaceful and sacred space for experiencing the presence of God. Celtic melodies – played on harp, flute, cello, piano and guitar – float gently through the church. The liturgy offers a healing and hopeful message.

This service is our gift to the community. It is for everyone -- people from all denominations and those with no affiliation. We hope through this service that Christ & Grace can become a second church home for those who are already members of other churches. We also hope it will become a haven for those who have struggled with their faith and their relationship to the institutional church.

The Celtic Candlelight and Communion Service begins with pre-service music at 5:15 p.m. A reception follows the service. Casual dress is encouraged. For more information: 804-733-7202

Schedule

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January 15, 2017
Featured Musician: Flutist Tim Arnette

February 19, 2017
Featured Musician: Harpist Louise Daniel

March 19, 2017
Featured Musician: Pianist Melissa Adams

April 23, 2017
Featured Musician: Harpist Louise Daniel

May 21, 2017
Featured Musician: Pianist Melissa Adams

What is Celtic Christianity

Celtic Christianity was a significant part of the church in the British Isles from the 4th to the 7th centuries. It had a resurgence in the 19th century and continues to captivate people today.

It focuses on experiencing God more than learning about God. One author described it this way: It is like the difference between learning about honey and tasting honey. We can learn that honey is made by bees and that it is sweet and golden in color – all valuable information – but we don’t truly know honey until we have tasted it. In the same way, we can learn about God through the scriptures, but we can’t really know the fullness of God until we have experienced the Divine presence.

Celtic Christianity has its spiritual roots in the New Testament, specifically with St. John, the apostle. St. John was portrayed as leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper, according to author J. Philip Newell. He became an image of the practice of "listening for the heartbeat of God". So Celtic spirituality espouses listening for God "at the heart of life", Newell says.

Celtic Christians see the goodness and the beauty of God within creation and within people because the scriptures say that humans were created in God’s image. Celtic Christians see all of life as sacred and God as the Life within all life.

The Episcopal Church has its roots in both the Roman and the Celtic traditions.