Christian Values for Today’s Families

Our services are quite traditional because we believe these liturgies lead us in proper praise of, thanks to, and communion with the Lord. Applying Christian Values for Today’s Families means that we teach and celebrate Christian doctrine while also applying it to current issues, scheduling appealing activities, and providing relevant support. You won’t find a slide show presentation during our worship services, but you will see God’s love in action through our worship, education, outreach, and activities. We are a very loving and welcoming community that really does ‘walk in love’ together, and we hope you will join us.

We celebrate Anglican services using traditional liturgies and music. Worship is where we offer our lives to God in prayer and find ourselves fed at Christ’s Table. It is through our worship that the Holy Spirit strengthens and empowers us to actively share the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world. Our Eucharistic services use a mix of Rite One and Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer and observe the seasons of the church year.  Our Saturday evening service is a bit more laid back than our Sunday services.

In the Episcopal Church, worship is choreographed. Every person in the congregation — not just the clergy — has lines to speak. The liturgy is a kind of dance. If you’re new to an Anglican service, it may seem as if you’re at a dance where everyone knows the steps but you. Please be patient – you’ll get used to it. The bulletin will help you follow along, and the person next to you will gladly help if you like. Here are a few resources that may be helpful:
What to Expect at an Anglican Church
Episcopal Diocese of Washington newcomer’s page

The role of worship at St. Francis is perfectly exemplified in the words of one of our parishioners:

“The worship of God in the sanctuary is the heart of our parish life. From this center emanates all else that we do. We look for worship services to be reminders of the glory and holiness of God, engaging both our mind and imagination. We look for a rich, reverent liturgy, including music that conveys both the awe and joy of being in the presence of God. The preaching of the Word is crucial for teaching and guiding us and is integral to the larger spiritual purpose of service, which is to lift and inspire those who are present.”