Worship

Our Worship

For more information contact:  Mo. Paula,
or call 310-375-4617.
 
Worship FAQs – answers questions such as ‘How will I know what to do in a service?”, ”what should I wear”
In addition to the worship aids, infant care and children’s formation, children are always welcome in our worship services.

 

Holy Week and Easter

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What is the Meaning of Holy Week?

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil are three days in the church year when we physically walk with Jesus from the table, to the cross, and to the tomb.
On Easter morning, we go with Mary Magdalene and witness with her, Jesus rise from the dead. The three days before,  explain why we even need to gather on Easter. One does not make sense without the other.
Though it might be hard to make it to church three times in a row, coming to these services are a great reminder of why we gather on Sunday mornings in the first place! Of course, the best way to learn more about these Three Days is to experience them first-hand! 

 

Palm Sunday – April 9, 10am – ONE service only. We start outside with a joyful procession, singing Hosannah, and waving palm branches, before reading the Gospel of the Passion – reliving the transition from celebration to Jesus’ arrest and judgement by the authorities.
Maundy Thursday – April  13 Light Dinner/Communion, 6:30pm. A solemn sharing of worship over a ‘passover’ meal in our Parish Hall.
Good Friday – April  14Stations of the Cross, 12:10. We walk our beautiful stained glass panels, hand-made by members of our congregation from broken glass, retrieved after the Northridge earthquake.

NEW this year – Service of Light and Darkness, 7pm
On Ash holy oil anointWednesday we received ashes as we began our Lenten journey as a symbol of “repentance”.  New this Good Friday, in the midst of a service that will include scripture readings, candles and music, we will offer an anointing with holy oil as a symbol of our baptismal covenant, followers of Jesus, hearing the words,
“Remember you are buried with Christ to rise with Christ.”

The Great Vigil paschal-candle-lite-on-brazier-for-easter-vigil-firejpgof EasterApril  15, 7pm. The new fire of Easter is started, outside on our patio, from which the great Easter candle is lit. The dark sanctuary gives way to the lighting of candles, and ringing of bells, with Holy Eucharist, as the service celebrates the first Easters of the early Christians, when new Christians were baptized into the faith.

Easter Day – April  16

 

Rite I Holy Communion, 8am;

 

Holy Communion with Full Choir and Orchestra, 10am.

Plus our traditional Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids after 10am!

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Regular  Services

Our main weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist (sharing of the bread and wine), also known as: the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.

Sundays at 8 am ~ Holy Communion in the Chapel

If you like church quiet, traditional, and direct from the prayer book, this is the service for you. We use the Rite I liturgy for Eucharist from The Book of Common Prayer.  Professional nursery care is available for infants and toddlers.

 

Sundays at 10 am ~ Holy Communion in the Church

At 10 am you’ll find a variety of music styles mixed into a core of traditional Anglican music, and a vibrant, prayerful community that instantly feels like family.  Christian Formation is offered concurrently for children pre-K thru 5th grades, with the children joining their parents (and dozens of adopted grandparents) for Communion.  Worship aids are available to assist young children, and professional nursery care is available for infants and toddlers.

 

Wednesdays at 12:10 ~ Holy Communion in the Chapel

A simple Eucharist with a focus on the lives of the saints.  A perfect way to spend your lunch hour if you live or work nearby.  Call in a lunch order by 10 am (approx $5), and stay for lunch with the clergy and staff.
Call the church Office to place your lunch order: 310-375-4617.

 

Taizé at St Francis

Taizé Service of Healing and Wholeness
4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm chapel

      • A healing environment for the work of God’s grace
      • Taizé music, scripture and prayer for healing – physical, mental, emotional, psychological or spiritual
      • The option of  private prayer with a prayer team member

Advent and Lent

Our dimly lit Chapel is filled with candles.  All you have to do is sit back, and let the music of Taizé and the poetry of scripture lead you to prayer.  Afterward, we usually stay for a bit to share a glass of wine and a bite to eat.  Please bring whatever you like to add to the table.  Older children usually love Taizé. Childcare is available for the younger ones by request to the church office the Monday before.

 

Childcare available – just call the Church Office (310 375 4617) by noon the day before to let us know you need it.