If you want to know Jesus as Lord, come join us. You're a precious child of the loving God who created you. We're all sinners, redeemed by Jesus. We have no delusions about being perfect, except in the eyes of our divine Lord. You may be surprised to become precisely the person God's Holy Spirit has inspired to open us to know God even better.
We are a community of baptized Christians and seekers — all ministers of the Gospel, called to work and pray for the spread of God's kingdom. Annunciation offers a variety of ways to serve other people and the world around us.
In the Episcopal Church, ordained clergy serve the congregation by preparing individuals for their own ministry in the world. You are most welcome to join us in whatever form[s] of ministry you wish in this outpost of God's Realm — the Church of the Annunciation, gathering in Oradell.
Our Sunday worship is usually the Holy Eucharist (also called the Mass, the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion). Occasionally, we alternate this service with Morning Prayer, another beautiful and particularly Anglican form of worship.
Our services begin with the Ministry of the Word, which includes prayer, scripture, and an interactive sermon, leading to a confession of faith in God. We offer our prayer concerns and share in the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then we center on the Ministry of the Table, celebrate God's redeeming love, and receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. All are welcome to receive the Sacrament of our risen Lord's Body and Blood.
Younger members of the congregation will lead worship at the almost-monthly Children's Service, normally the first Sunday of the month during the academic year.
Join us Wednesdays at 11:00 am in the Annunciation Chapel for a simple, informal service of Holy Communion. You'll find prayer for healing, with the laying-on of hands and anointing if you wish, as well as prayers for wholeness. A favor, please. The focus of each service will be on a figure from Christian church history who exemplifies some aspect of our faith and offers guidance for our own walk with the Lord today.
Children gather in the church with their families for the opening of the Sunday morning service. After the first hymn, they and their teachers go to their classrooms for brief, child-oriented worship. Then they work on a lesson, project, or story - using age-appropriate materials geared to the scriptures for the day. They rejoin their parents in time to receive Communion. During the coffee hour, they meet with the interim minister on the parish hall stage and try to "stump the chump."
Our community is multi-generational and diverse in every respect. Our worship is our opportunity to offer thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed on us and ask for God's continuing blessing and help, for ourselves and for others.
You belong here at Annunciation, no matter who you are or where you have been. What matters is where you are going — and that you travel with God. Join us as we stumble along the Way of the Cross, which is none other than the way of life and peace, leading us to salvation and eternal bliss.