Schedule of Regular Weekly Events

Sunday Morning
08:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
09:15 a.m. Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m. Church School for Children
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m. Children’s Handchime/Steel Pan Rehearsal
01:00 p.m. Misa en Español

Wednesday
10:00 a.m. Bible Study Group (Commons Room)
12:15 p.m. Mid-Week Healing Eucharist

Thursday
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal


Contact Info

Office: Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: 301-439-5900
FAX: 301-439-5901
Email: churchoffice@episcopalcos.org


Parish Administration

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Directions

1700 Powder Mill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20903

COS is located at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Powder Mill Road, in the Hillandale neighborhood of Silver Spring. The church is just two blocks north of the New Hampshire Avenue (#28A) exit off the Beltway (I-495) going toward White Oak, approximately 2 miles from I-95/I-495.

About Us

Our Saviour's Eucharistic-centered community is an eclectic mix of original church founders, young families, and individuals representing many racial and cultural traditions around the world. Our unity in Christ is most visible at Sunday morning worship, but it is nourished and formed throughout the week in our parish programs and through our leadership. Day by day, God's action in this community inspires, nurtures, and equips us to reach out to the world in Christ's name.

Each week, Christians from over 35 nations gather to pray, sing, hear and engage Scripture, and build relationships with one another. At present, some 400 households call Our Saviour home. In fact, our vision is “to be a home for all of God's people,” and we hope that your searching may lead you to worship with us. Our clergy and lay staff are eager to answer any question you might have about our common life.

To stand at our altar on a Sunday morning and look out over the gathered worshippers is to see the people of God in all their variety. Our congregation is a microcosm of the whole Anglican Communion, and our members come from over 35 nations from around the world.

We are also diverse in other areas: life-long members worship alongside brand-new babies. Our vocations in the world range from attorney to government worker to health care professional to beautician to professor to homemaker to travel agent. And many of our members are retired after long and successful careers.

In our parish survey, respondents said our diversity is both our greatest strength and our greatest challenge. But we are unified in our diversity as we gather in communion each week at the Lord's table. Parishioners reside in suburban Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. They also come from England & other parts of Europe; St. Kitts & other Caribbean islands; China, India & other Asian territories; Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia & other African countries; Madagascar; El Salvador, Mexico & other countries in Latin America; and various other places.

Sunday Worship

Our Sunday worship is centered in the Eucharist. The 8:00 a.m. service is Holy Eucharist Rite II. The 10:00 a.m. service is Holy Eucharist Rite II. Misa en Español 01:00 p.m.

Children join their parents at the Peace and many children who are baptized receive Holy Communion. Since October 2002, we celebrate a Eucharist in Spanish at 12:30 p.m. Because our members have grown up with so many different styles of Anglican worship, there is no one style of worship that characterizes our community. We cannot be categorized as either "high" or "low." Incense and sanctus bells are sometimes used at festival Eucharists. Our average Sunday attendance for all three services is around 375.

We gather for fellowship in the undercroft after every service.

Our part-time Organist-Chorimaster leads the all-volunteer choir at our 10:00 a.m. service.

The Diocese of Washington

COS belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. The headquarters of the Diocese stands on Mt. St. Alban, the highest hill in Washington, D.C., in the shadow of the Cathedral Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. Our Bishop is The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde. Bishop Budde was consecrated as the ninth bishop of Washington in November 2011. Prior to her election, she served for 18 years as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, where she guided the congregation through significant membership and financial growth, two capital campaigns, and comprehensive ministry development.

Of special note is the Washington National Cathedral which, although a separate legal entity, is also part of our diocese. The diocese has more than 41,000 members in 98 congregations in Washington, D.C., and in Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles, and St. Mary's counties in Maryland. The parishes of our diocese are as diverse as their locations - ranging from tiny rural churches to large urban parishes - and the people of our diocese come from many nations and cultures.

For more information about the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, visit http://www.edow.org.
Bishop Budde maintains a blog for her congregations at http://www.edow.org/bishops_blog.
An archive of her sermons can be found at http://www.edow.org/about/the-diocese/bishop/letters-writings.

History of Our Church

The Church of Our Saviour, Hillandale began as a mission of the Church of Our Saviour in the Brookland area of Northeast Washington, D.C. Soon after the Rev. Harwood Bowman became rector at Brookland in 1954, he called for construction of a new church in Montgomery County, Maryland. The new mission began in 1956, first in the Hillandale firehouse, then in the new building's completed undercroft. On February 2, 1964, 614 people crowded into the church for its dedication. Our Saviour-Hillandale and Our Saviour-Brookland operated as one parish until 1964, when the Vestry voted to separate the congregations.

Fr. Bowman chose the Hillandale site knowing the Beltway would pass nearby. Since the new church would welcome people from "all over," the Church of Our Saviour was established as a ‘separate congregation,' rather than a parish. (A parish is defined by geographic boundaries; Church of Our Saviour has none.) The Diocese of Washington received Our Saviour, Hillandale as a full and separate congregation in 1966.

The Church of Our Saviour, Hillandale has had four rectors. The Rev. Harwood C. Bowman retired in December 1984 after nearly thirty years. Our second rector, the Rev. John F. Koepke, III, served from 1986 to 1997. The Rev. Mark B. Pendleton served from 1986 until 2004 when he became Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut. Our current Rector, the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Harvey, began his tenure with us in July, 2006.