Are you unfamiliar with how Liturgical Christians worship God? Here are two explanations of what we do at St Francis and why we do it. First is a short version, for those who want a quick read, followed by a longer version, for those who want more details.
A Short Overview
Like the Hebrews in the Old Testament, we glorify God through structured worship known as liturgy. Our liturgy comes from the Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy can be traced back in Church history to the dawn of the Christian Church. Our Sunday liturgy has two primary elements. First, we focus on the Word of God, to hear God speak to us. Second, we celebrate Holy Communion (AKA the Eucharist and the Lord’s Supper), receiving the grace of God in order to fulfill his desires for our lives.
The Word of God: We read multiple passages of Holy Scripture in each service. More importantly, we believe the Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself. The Scripture’s central message is the plan God has for redeeming all of creation through the birth, death, and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. Sermons are grounded in Scripture with the evangelical emphasis of seeking God’s transforming power in his Christ.
Holy Communion: The high point of our worship each Lord’s Day is to gather at his Table and receive his Body and Blood at the Holy Eucharist (Eucharist means thanksgiving). We believe that Jesus is present with us at Communion, and that Communion is a “means of grace,” where the symbols of bread and wine are not symbols only, but are a way through which God gives us of himself. See Receiving Holy Communion and Holy Communion (AKA the Eucharist AKA the Lord’s Supper) for more information.
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