Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9am-12pm

Visit

2165 NE Coachman Rd Clerwater, FL 33765

Call

727-461-1717

Email

goodsamaritanchurch2165@gmail.com

Worship

Worship Services

  • Sunday: 8am and 10am - Both services follow Rite II.
    The 10am service includes varied music with a full vocal choir and, occasionally, a hand bell choir or guest musicians, such as a praise band on 5th Sundays. Eucharistic Ministers and Readers assist at the altar. Altar, linen, and flower guilds prepare the sanctuary for worship. Ushers and greeters welcome visitors.
  • Wednesday: 10am - Holy Eucharist with interactive reflections and Healing service.
  • Thursday: 6pm - Laypersons lead Centering Prayer. In this service, we affirm the importance of praying our lives in holy listening.
  • Additional services and programs of spiritual formation appropriate to the liturgical season are held throughout the year, and Quiet Retreats are held every Advent and Lent. We have just begun collaborative gatherings for spiritual formation with members from six Episcopal churches in the area and continue to extend invitations to other denominations as well. Participation in Cursillo has been an integral part of building leadership here. Monthly Groupings deepen our experiences of spiritual formation through community and accountability. A visual reminder of the centering of our lives in prayer is the eight circle in-ground Labyrinth at the back of our property. It is available to anyone at any time.
  • Special Christmas Community Services:
  • Dec 24:  Christmas Eve Community Service at  5:00pm Holy Eucharist service in the Church.  Music starts at 4:30pm.
  • Dec 25:  Christmas Day 10am Holy Eucharist service in the Church.
  • Jan 1st:  New Year's Day Service is at 10am in the Church.

Lay Leadership

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Sacristy

Altar Guild – prepare the Lord’s Table for 8am and 10am services

Linen Guild – clean and press linens for the Lord’s Table

Flower Guild – prepare flower arrangement for the Lord’s Table

Music

Parish Choir. 

Sing on Sunday mornings, special occasions, Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas

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Greeters

Welcome all who enter.

They answer questions and ask visitors to sign the welcome book. They invite the newcomers to fellowship.

Lay Readers

Read the Epistles on Sunday morning. Lead the prayers of the people during the Liturgy and give announcements.

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Gift Bearers

Carry gifts of bread and wine to the altar for Holy Communion.

Acolytes

Carry the cross and torch to the altar.

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Ministers

Recommended by the Rector, they serve at the altar administering the chalice and assist the Celebrant as needed. 

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Ushers

Assist in greeting and seat parishioners for all occasions of worship. 

They hand out bulletins and are responsible for counting of parishioners attending the service and recording the number.

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Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs)

Parishioners take reserved Sacraments to the homebound or in hospitals or rehabilitation centers.

centering prayer

  • Meets weekly, Thursdays at 6pm, to pray various contemplative methods of prayer practicing the Divine Practice from within.  Worship using labyrinth, music, and meditation to strengthen our spiritual journey.

Music Ministry

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ADULT CHOIR & BELLRINGERS​​

The Good Samaritan Choir is under the direction of Carol Alexander which meets on Wednesdays at 6:30pm from the first Wednesday after Labor Day through the first Wednesday in June. The choir also rehearses at 9:00am on Sunday mornings before the 10:00am Holy Eucharist. The choir also rehearses at 9:15am on Sunday morning.

When preparing for Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and other special occasions the Hand Bell Choir rehearses at 5:30 p.m. several weeks before those dates.

We have a variety of music - traditional, Celtic, Taize, contemporary, and folk, with guest musicians, soloists and hammered dulcimer flute players.

We have the St. John’s Praise Band that participates in our 5th Sunday Worship.

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Wicks Pipe Organ​

The Wicks Pipe Organ originally had 17 ranks of pipes in 3 divisions—Great Organ, Pedal Organ (on the Epistle side), and the Swell Organ (in the box with shades to control volume, on the Gospel side). The darker metal pipes are mostly lead, and produce a warm, “fuzzy” tone. The brighter metal pipes are mostly tin, producing a bright tone. The “box” pipes produce a light wood flute tone. Some of the metal pipes have reeds (trompette and oboe) that produce a piercing tone. The largest pipe is 8 feet tall, and the shortest pipe is smaller than a pencil. In the late 1980’s, the organ was enlarged with a new mixture stop in the Great Organ that increased the total ranks to 22.​

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