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Our Worship

The Episcopal Church worships out of the Book of Common Prayer.  This book is a collection of rites and prayers of the church as well as the Psalms.  Although most churches now print out the service, it is all based on the Prayer Book.  Variations of the Book of Common Prayer are used throughout the world.

The principal service of the Church is Holy Eucharist.  The service begins with prayers and readings.  The Gospel lesson is followed by a sermon.  The service continues with additional prayers until we move to its focus, the celebration of the Eucharist.  This is where the prayers of the priest turn wine and bread into  the body and blood of Christ. There are two versions of the Eucharistic prayers in the Prayer Book.  Rite 1 is a more traditional version.  Rite II is a more contemporary version.

At St. Francis we celebrate the Eucharistic three times a week.  On Sundays we have services at 8 o’clock and 10:30 where Rite II is used.  Both services have music, including a bell choir at the 10:30 service.  On every Wednesday at noon we celebrate a said Eucharist using Rite I.  Our liturgy is truly a celebration.  We celebrate in a respectful and joyous way.   We pay close attention to the traditions of the church out of a sense of appreciation and joy.  The movement of the altar party and the words of the prayers bring the congregation into a special relationship with God.

 
 
Christmas Schedule
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Greening of the Church – Wednesday, December 19
12:45 pm – 3:45 pm 
 
Sunday, December 23 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Distribution of Christmas food and gift baskets
Services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
Lessons & Carols and Holy Eucharist at both services
Decorating the Church after the 10:30 am service 
 
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
Office closes at noon
Family Service - Holy Eucharist at 5:00 pm
Christmas Eve Service at 9:30 pm - Carol sing
                                        10:00 pm - Holy Eucharist
 
Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Office closed
Christmas Day Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am 
 
Wednesday, December 26
Office closed
No Noon Eucharist
 
Sunday, December 30 – First Sunday after Christmas
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and 10:30 am 
Worship Times
 
Sunday 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist 
This liturgy follows The Book of Common Prayer and the service is printed in the bulletin for you to follow. This service features abbreviated hymns. 
 
Sunday 9:15 AM  Adult Education 
The subjects vary, there is something for everyone. This is an opportunity for learning and community. Always open to new people or visitors, Adult Ed meets in Cummins Hall, between Sunday services.
 
Sunday 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist
This Eucharist is the largest of our services and uses the Rite II form, from The Book of Common Prayer.   This service is enhanced by the leadership of our fine choir, offering classic Anglican choral music, from The Hymnal 1982, supplemented by contemporary music from Taize and the Worship songs hymnal. 
 

Wednesday Noon Eucharist

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