Worship in diversity

While the main parish service is usually held on Sunday at 10 a.m. or at noon, there are many other services in a variety of styles on offer at other times and on other days.

Special services are organised regularly as part of the school programme, along with other services for children and young people.

The Thomas Mass ("Tuomasmessu") and Taizé services both appeal largely to young adults exploring their spirituality, and recent phenomena have been the "Metal Mass" and the "Pop Mass", which have reinterpreted familiar hymn tunes.

Baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals bring many people to church, as do Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. Advent Sunday – when the hugely popular hymn "Hoosianna" is sung – traditionally sees large attendances. On All Saints' Day amd Christmas Eve, many people gather in churches and at cemeteries, and visit the graves of their departed loved ones to light candles in their memory.

Occasionally, parishes organise special family services, or invite people from a particular area, age group or profession to the Sunday service – an invitation that naturally doesn't affect the welcome that is offered to everyone.

The Eucharist (Holy Communion), which is called "messu" (Mass) in Finnish and "högmässa"(High Mass) in Swedish, is usually the main Sunday service, although sometimes a (non-eucharistic) Service of the Word is offered. Lutherans place special emphasis on Baptism and Eucharist as the sacraments instituted by Christ. All who are baptized may receive Holy Communion, although children and young people who are not yet confirmed must be accompanied by a parent or godparent.