We offer two services of worship on Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. At our 8:30 service, the piano is our primary musical instrument and we offer music and singing that has a modern tempo, sound and style. At 10:30, the organ is our primary instrument and led by our choir, our music and singing is classical and elaborate. This service utilizes chants in our prayers and select hymns deeper from within the treasury of Christian hymnody. Please check our website calendar regularly to note the changes in worship times for all worship services.
We offer one worship service on Sundays during the summer. The summer worship schedule starts on the Sunday following the last day for students in the Florence School Districts and ends on the third Sunday of August.
Every Wednesday, we gather for communal prayer and another opportunity for receiving the Lord's Supper. Our prayer services are in the offices, or orders, of the Daily Prayer of the Church, a pattern of communal prayer that has existed for centuries. Matins, or Morning Prayer, is offered at 7:00 a.m.; Vespers, or Evening Prayer, is offered at 6:00 p.m. The prayer services last approximately 15-20 minutes and are non-musical. These services employ peacefulness, silence and solemnity, which are meant to help us focus on listening to God and refresh us to serve in a very busy world. (Note: the service times are subject to change depending on the liturgical season. Please check our website calendar regularly to note any changes in the times of prayer and worship.
At 12:15 p.m., we offer the Divine Service. This service of Holy Communion is patterned after the mass crafted by Martin Luther during the liturgical reforms of the 16th century. It is a beautiful and simple service, non-musical, and we often use this service to celebrate holy days and commemorations that may occur during the week. This service lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Depending on the liturgical season and major festivals of Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter, our schedule intensifies with many additional opportunities for worship and prayer.