Worship times & Information
While many of our parishioners are “regulars” at one worship service, others attend various services as their moods and schedules allow. Our worship is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Christian encounter with God, shaped by historic Anglican practices, and engaged within our contemporary context. We offer four unique liturgies each week that reflect on God’s Word in Holy Scripture and share in the Holy Eucharist (Communion) through which we more fully “become who we are” – the Body of Christ called to be witnesses and servants in the world.
Effective immediately, and until further notice. (Updated 6/9/2021)
Holy Eucharist worship services of the St. Francis Church community are currently held on Sunday morning, 10:00 a.m. Seating is currently available inside, with masks required for attendees (several seating areas are available, each with space for approximately 3 or 4 adults), and live-streaming via FaceBook and simulcast in the parking lot using your car radio or the Memorial Garden (bring your folding chair), channel 97.3 FM is also available.
Our Holy Eucharist worship services regularly held on Saturday afternoon (5:00 pm) and Sunday morning (8:00 am) are suspended for the summer, but will return the weekend of September 11 & 12, 2021.
All gatherings, meetings, events, and rehearsals are still experiencing restrictions (please contact the ministry chair or the church office should you have questions about a specific group or activity): notifications of these events will be sent via email or the website.
The church office is staffed on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:00 am until noon. All visitors are requested to wear masks until further notice, and we ask that you remain in the church office to perform your business only. If you would like to spend time in the worship space during church office time, please check-in at the office first. If you would like to schedule a time to visit, please leave a message or send an email and we will reply to your needs as soon as possible, including appointments with the clergy.
The wearing of masks remains required while you are inside the buildings. We will continue to closely monitor the ever-changing circumstances of all aspects of the pandemic and provide updates as appropriate.
Due to additional worship services and a new seating plan with expanded seating, the pre-registration process for worship services is no longer necessary.
All seating for weekend worship services is First Come, First Serve - Please join us for community worship!
Saturday Nights at 5:00 pm
Attendance at this service tends to be between 25-40 persons. Singing is led by piano and usually includes guitars; we use less formal music than on Sunday mornings. The music leaders, lay readers, and Eucharistic ministers are not vested and there are no processions or recessions; this gives the liturgy a “come-as-you-are” feeling. This service lasts about one hour.
Sunday Mornings at 8:00 am
Quiet and contemplative. There is no music, but the sermon is the same one preached at the other two weekend services.
We also use the same Rite II liturgy as at the other two weekend services. Usually there are approximately 25-30 persons who worship at this service, which rarely goes beyond 45 minutes in length.
Sunday Morning at 10:00 am
This is a more structured liturgy led primarily by the organ, with most of the hymns selected from The Hymnal 1982, and often includes a choral anthem. The clergy, choir, acolytes, and Eucharistic ministers are all vested and process in and out at the beginning and end of the service. The energy level at this multi-generational service is high. (Attendance tends to average about 100). Church School, which includes young people in grades pre-K to fifth grade, begins each week at 9:45 a.m. The children join their families after the Passing of the Peace, bringing with them a burst of energy as we share together in the Celebration of Holy Eucharist. (Children in sixth grade and older stay in church with their families for the entire service; their Christian education takes place on Sunday afternoons through Rite 13 and J2A). This service generally lasts a little more than one hour, but usually no longer than 75 minutes. Coffee and treats are served in the Fellowship Hall after worship.
Wednesday Evenings at 7pm
The quiet semi-darkness and the lighting of candles as we gather set a reflective and almost monastic atmosphere in the midst of a busy week. The readings and a short reflection usually focus on one of the saints of the Church: sometimes a beloved and well-known saint, but more often than not, one lesser-known from ancient or more recent times. We gather around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer twice a month, while at other times our service follows the Order of Evening Prayer. Special liturgies are sometimes offered during seasons of Advent or Lent, but remaining consistent with the tradition of contemplative reflection. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes.