In the middle of our service, you will discover the exchange of the peace.
The Priest (or celebrant) will stand before the congregation and say, “The Peace of the Lord be always with you.”
The congregation responds, “And also with you.”
You will noticed that everyone will spend some time greeting one another. If you are a visitor, this may be overwhelming.
It was overwhelming for me as their new Priest when I first experienced the exchange of the peace at Good Shepherd.
But this exchange goes with the command:
Love one another as I have loved you.
The exchange of the peace continues after each Sunday Service.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church normally honors the exchange of the peace by sharing hospitality (a meal or something to eat) with one another as we fellowship. Due to COVID-19, we have suspended this practice for now.
The Exchange of the peace has now be translated to Zoom Meetings, phone calls, emails and text messages. Sharing fellowships in different ways during this pandemic.