Worship at St. Mary of the Hills
At the heart of St. Mary of the Hills life and purpose is the worship of God. The church holds a full schedule of daily services, as well as baptisms, confirmations, healing services, weddings, memorials and funerals. Contact the church office at 828-295-7323 to schedule services and events.
At St. Mary of the Hills, all persons who seek God and are drawn to Christ are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
Advent and Christmas Services Schedule:
Wednesday, December 13: Service of Hope and Remembrance (Blue Christmas) at 6:00 PM at Rumple Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 17: Advent III with an 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist and 10:10 AM Holy Eucharist
Sunday,December 24: 10:10 AM-Advent IV with Holy Eucharist
5:00 PM-Children's Pageant and Holy Eucharist
10:00 PM-Choral Offering
10:30 PM-Midnight Mass
Sunday, December 25: 12:00 PM-Simple Eucharist with hymns
Regular Worship Schedule
[audio files of Sunday's services are available for approximately one month - see below]
- 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
- 9:00 AM Sunday school
- 10:10 AM Holy Eucharist
- 5:00 PM Evening Prayer
Monday and Tuesday Services:
- 8:30 AM Morning Prayer
- 5:00 PM Evening Prayer
- 8:30 AM Morning Prayer
- 12:00 PM Eucharist and Healing Service
- 5:00 Pm Evening Prayer
Fridays and Saturdays:
- No Daily office
- Church Office Closed
One Sunday of each month May through October at 3:30 PM:
2018 Evensong dates tba (be sure to call the church to confirm): NOTE: The service is preceded by an Organ Concert at 3 pm (recordings of these recitals and Evensong are archived on the 'Music' page)
- Please see the information below or contact the church office at 828-295-7323 for more information.
Audio Files of Recent Services
23rd Sunday after Pentecost - 11/12/17
Lessons - Amos 5:18-24, Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13; Sermon [Bp. Gary - God's call for Social Justice], Offertory aria - Traditional, My Lord, what a morning [Jacob Smith, tenor, soloist] [guest organist - Tom Veale]
24th Sunday after Pentecost - 11/19/17
Lessons - Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18, Psalm 90:1-8, 12, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30; Sermon [Mtr. Linda]; Offertory motet - Proulx, Prayer of the Venerable Bede [Kathryn Santiago, soloist]; Communion anthem - Tallis, If ye love me [the choir of SMOTH was joined today by the choir of St. Peter's Church, Charlotte; Elizabeth Lenti, Dir. of Music and Organist]
Christ the King Sunday - 11/26/17
Lessons - Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Psalm 95:1-7a, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46; Sermon [Mtr. Linda - We are called to follow, not worship, Christ]; Offertory motet - Willan, O King all glorious; Communion motet - de Morales, Regina coeli.
First Sunday of Advent - 12/3/17
Lessons - Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, 1st Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37; Offertory anthem: African-American spiritual, I wanna be ready [Amanda Horton, soprano], Communion motet: Palestrina, Alma redemptoris.
Second Sunday of Advent - 12/1017
Lessons - Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8; Sermon [Mtr. Linda - We are called to bring hope to the Oppressed].
Annual Calendar of Worship Services and Related Events
The following calendar provides a general chronological list of annual services and related activities. For s]pecific dates and times, please refer to the parish newsletter or contact the Church office.
- November 1 – All Saint’s Day Liturgy
- November 2 – All Soul’s Day. The service on this day helps us experience the meaning of "the communion of saints" and celebrates all of the people in our lives, known and unknown, who have died.
- Community Thanksgiving Service – community service of Thanksgiving held on the Wednesday evening prior to Thanksgiving. Services rotate annually between local churches.
- Parish Thanksgiving Celebration – 11 am service.
- Lessons and Carols on a Sunday in Advent – led by the St. Mary’s choir, this service sets the stage for Advent leading up to Christmas.
- Community Advent Walk – Second Sunday in Advent. Celebration begins at Rumple Presbyterian Church, followed by St. Mary's and finishing at First Baptist Church. There is a 15-minute service at each church followed by cookies and beverages at First Baptist.
- Madrigal Feast - The Revels of Winter (thank you for a successful run in 2017!)
- Christmas Eve, 5:00 pm – Children’s Pageant and Eucharist (contact Nioucha for information - all children welcome!)
- Christmas Eve, 10:30 pm – Choral prelude before mass.
- Christmas Eve, 11:00 pm – Christmas Eve Eucharist
- Christmas Day, 10:10 a.m. – Simple Eucharist with hymns
- Shrove Tuesday/Pancake supper
- Lenten activities, including the Stations of the Cross and simple supper on Fridays
- Palm Sunday at St. Mary's – blessing of the palms and distribution during services
- Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm Holy Eucharist, including foot washing and stripping of the altar. Following the service, members volunteer to keep vigil over the Host during the period following the service through Good Friday.
- Good Friday - noon Eucharist
- Holy Saturday – Commemoration of the Burial of Jesus in the morning
- Great Vigil of Easter - 6 a.m. Sunday
- Easter Sunday – Holy Eucharist service at 10:10 am.
- Ascension Service – celebrated forty days following Easter to mark the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to Heaven.
- Pentecost – the seventh Sunday after Easter, the Day of Pentecost is identified as one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the world. As used in the New Testament, the term means the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, shortly after Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension. Wear red!
- Blessing of the Animals: Held in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis on Sunday afternoon (October 1st, 2017 @ 2 pm), this annual event offers an opportunity for "all creatures great and small" to receive a blessing from St. Mary’s clergy. The church family welcomes all types of pets - dogs, cats, goldfish, horses, lizards – even insects.
- All Hallows Eve Services and Supper. A spooky, festive and fun liturgy, where members are invited to dress in costume. A brief service is followed by trick-or-treating and a chili supper provided by the Men’s Breakfast Group.