We are on a mission to discover God’s Grace, change our lives, and change the world.

We welcome you no matter where you are on you faith journey. Our welcome, just like the kingdom of God, knows no boundaries of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, economic condition, physical or mental ability.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

St. Richard's is unique in many ways. We are a church in the Diocese of Central Florida. However, we will welcome Bishop Terry White of Kentucky on July 21 to offer the sacramental rite of confirmation as well as to reaffirm and receive those who have been confirmed in other denominations. Bishop White and Bishop Brewer of Central Florida have agreed that Bishop White will tend to the spiritual and sacramental needs of St. Richard's. This is because the clergy and vestry of St. Richard's support marriage equality as does Bishop White. Bishop Brewer believes marriage is only between one man and one woman a felt the need to grant us alternative pastoral oversight by a bishop more in line with our theology. 

And we are still part of the Diocese of Central Florida for  “temporal” issues (financially supporting the diocese, contributing to Canterbury Center, attending and participating in diocesan convention and other such meetings). 

Below you will find a description of the sacramental rite of Confirmation as well as Reaffirmation and Reception. If you would like to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed at the 10:30 a.m. service on July 21, please call the church office, 407-671-4211, or email Alison, rector@strichards.org, and let us know!

Confirmation: Our prayer book states, on page 412, “In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected…..to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.”  It is an opportunity to publicly state one’s commitment to the Lord and to be empowered for service to God’s Kingdom.  People from most Protestant denominations are confirmed into the Episcopal Church.

Reception: Traditionally, individuals who were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church or in one of many Orthodox Churches are received into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church.  This is because those churches have maintained the historic episcopate through the laying-on-of-hands, as has the Anglican Communion.  And as a result of the agreement of common mission, members of the Lutheran Church are also received.  Those who choose to be received are recognized “…as a member of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church…”

Reaffirmation of Faith: Many who were baptized and/or confirmed some time ago and who have been growing in their faith commitment may wish to make a public statement to that effect.  Reaffirmation is suitable for all who need “refreshed” and they are prayed over by the bishop that they may be upheld “in the service of Christ and his kingdom.”

2019 Summoning the Divine Summer Series

The Paradox and Paradise of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) 

Session 1: JULY 22-23 | Session 2: AUGUST 19-20 | Session 3: SEPTEMBER 23-24
Monday evening 6:30-8 p.m. repeated session - Tuesday morning 9:30-11 a.m.
Readings available in St. Richard’s Church Office or via email. Everyone is welcome even if you don’t have time to do readings!
Annual Backpack Event
Sunday, July 21, 2019 after the 10:30 am service
This event is sponsored by St. Margaret’s Guild but is a St. Richards outreach program. 
We’ll need some help!  In addition to your generous gift of school supplies, we need some bakers for cookies which we'll decorate for dessert.  We’ll also need help in setting up the room after the 9:30 Meet and Greet with Bishop White.  Sign-up sheets will be available starting on June 30th at the Red Booth so we can estimate how many people will attend, as well as sign-up sheets to help bake cookies and set up the room.  
Worship Schedule
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m. Education - Adult Ed. and Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
5:00 p.m. Worship Service

12:00 p.m. Laying On of Hands and Anointing for Healing and Holy Eucharist Rite II (Resumes Wednesday, September 4, 2019)

Sunday, July 21, 2019
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost,
Proper 11, Year C
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Confirmation, Reception and Re-Affirmation
“Sitting at His Feet” Carl MaultsBy
“Take, O Take Me as I Am” John Bell
“I bind unto myself today” (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)
“Immortal, invisible, God only wise” (St. Denio)
“There is one Lord” Jacques Berthier
“Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord” (Alleluia No. 1)
“Be thou my vision” (Slane)
Service Music
Communion Service IV Robert Powell