HOW WE WORSHIP
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.”
We can best be described as Broad church with a “Classical Anglican” emphasis. We love the beauty and deep spirituality of traditional liturgies, rich, scriptural preaching that educates us, and singing together with our exceptional choir. Our corporate worship, in which all ages participate, connects us with the “community of saints” who have worshiped and sung for hundreds of years, and we find ‘home’ in that.
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:30. Morning Prayer is offered at 11:30 on the second and fourth Sundays each month, and at the 9:15 the third Sunday of each month. Eucharistic services use Rite One from the Book of Common Prayer and observe the seasons of the church year. Children and youth participate in the choir and as acolytes, and young children may leave before the sermon to hear a special youth homily held in an adjoining space.
While the 8:00 service is a quiet service, music has always been an integral part of all other worship here. We are a parish that enjoys singing, usually from The Hymnal 1982. Our well-trained choir, accompanied by an expertly played Moller pipe organ, leads the congregation’s voices at the second service. Additionally, well-attended Evensongs are sung several times during the year.
Special worship services occur throughout the year. In addition to the special Christmas and Holy Week services, we typically observe the Feast of the Ascension and All Saints’ Day. Average Sunday attendance is about 170, and can swell to 400 on Christmas and Easter.