As a Christian community, the people of St. Francis gather for worship each Sunday. Our service follows a style handed down to us by centuries of Christian tradition. Each week, we read from sacred scriptures, we meditate and reflect on those readings, we pray (for ourselves, each other, the community around us, and the world), and we share communion. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's table.
In the Eucharist, we believe that Jesus is truly present with us, as he assured us he would be, when we share bread and wine in the way he told us. In the Eucharist, we find a connection with God, and with a community both present, and yet beyond ourselves.
Each of us is on a spiritual journey, seeking the path to a sustaining relationship with God and with others. We at St. Francis are people who have chosen to undertake that journey together, as a part of a living tradition which speaks to us profoundly, and challenges us to grow into a deeper faith. No matter where you are in your journey of faith, there is a place for you with us.
At St. Francis, our worship follows the Book of Common Prayer, in two different styles each Sunday morning.
8:00 am: quiet, contemplative Rite II service with no music.
10:00 am: Rite II service with combination of traditional and praise music.
A full bulletin of the service is available that includes all words and music.
We also offer a service of Holy Eucharist and Healing every Wednesday at noon.
We have assisted listening devices upon request, and our sanctuary and other offices are handicap-accessible.
We refer to our services as liturgy, which means the official corporate worship of the Church (corporate being what we do together as a body, as opposed to what we do as individuals).
It is a central tenet of our worship that there are no spectators; all are participants. Different people have different roles, but all roles are equally important. The people in the congregation are no less participants in our worship than those with different functions who sit in the front and wear vestments.
If you are interested in serving in any of the roles below, we would welcome your participation. All of them require a brief common-sense orientation, some require more formal training. Contact the church office if you are interested: (210) 696-0834.
Eucharistic Ministers assist at the altar and serve the chalice of wine during the Eucharist. They wear simple white robes that represent our baptism and desire to approach God in holiness.
Lectors read from the Bible, and lead the Prayers of the People. St. Francis follows the revised common lectionary, which means our readings from the Bible follow a consistent pattern each year. Some lectors also serve as Eucharistic Ministers.
The Acolytes assist with worship. They lead the procession with the cross, hold the Gospel book for the Gospel reading, and assist the priest at the altar. Kevin Sykes is our acolyte leader. He can be reached via phone at (210) 690-9734 or email.
The Altar Guild cares for the sacred vessels, linens, hangings, and other physical elements of worship. They also assist with special events, weddings, and funerals. It is a quiet, humble, behind-the-scenes ministry. Oksana Snow is the director of our Altar Guild; she can be reached at (210) 492-2278.
The Flower Guild prepares the floral arrangement for each Sunday service, and for special services as needed. (We do not use flowers at the altar area during Lent.) Contact the office if you are interested in serving.
Greeters welcome both guests and members on Sunday morning. They pass out service leaflets, give directions, and answer questions.
Ushers assist people to their seats, take up the offering, count those in attendance, and tend to any other needs that arise during the services. Bob Snow is our head of ushers: (210) 492-2278.
Our musicians offer piano, guitar, violin, occasional percussion, and voices in harmony. They rehearse on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the church.