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How we worship

Christian worship in the Lutheran Church takes on many different forms. All parishes have a traditional Sunday morning worship service, or Holy Mass, mostly at 10 a.m. This service follows the tradition of the Western Church and has therefore many elements in common with other churches. Many parishes also organise regular or occasional worship on other times. These services may have a different character and style than the Sunday morning service. Some use contemporary or contemplative worship music or a less formal order of service. There are also services in two or more languages to cater for the growing international community in Vantaa. 

Sacraments and other services

The Evangelical Lutheran Church recognises two visible signs of God's grace called sacraments: the sacrament of the Eucharist (or Holy Communion or Lord’s Supper) and the sacrament of Baptism.

In addition to these major celebrations, the Church is here to convey God's blessing on its members throughout their lives. The confirmation service, church wedding, house blessing, and funeral service... All of them strengthen our faith and hope in both life and death. God's blessing carries us throughout our lives and he is present in the celebrations of our life.


In prayer, we communicate with God, speaking and listening to him. Prayer is central in our worship, but you are also encouraged to pray to God in private. You can do so in your own words and your own way. Sometimes, you may find it easier to pray using prayers written by others or found in the Bible.

In the Bible, Jesus teaches his students one prayer. The prayer is known as the Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

► Read more about the Christian faith on the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of FinlandLinkki avautuu uudessa välilehdessä.

► Study the CatechismLinkki avautuu uudessa välilehdessä of the Church online.

► If you wish to know more, contact your local parish.

You do not need to be a member or even be interested in joining the church to learn more about Christianity and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

God is with us all through our lives. He serves us in His Word and Sacraments and blesses us when we celebrate the important moments of our lives.

An open Bible with a small crown of thorns on top. The crown casts a shadow shaped like a heart on the Bible.
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