The Worship Experience
What to Expect
Our worship is shaped by the traditional rhythms of gathering, word, meal, and sending.
- We begin by welcoming visitors. We also begin by sharing joys and concerns with one another so that we know better how to pray for one another during the week.
- As we gather, we confess our sins and hear God’s word of forgiveness to us. We sing a hymn and pray a prayer that lifts up the theme of the day’s worship.
- We read lessons from Scripture, and we hear a sermon on one of the readings for the day. In response to God’s Word to us in the Scriptures and sermon, we sing some more, speak our faith with the traditional words of the Apostles’ or Nicene Creeds, pray for the world and ourselves, and share the peace of the Lord. During the sharing of the peace, people greet each other with the words, “Peace be with you.” We receive an offering to support the ministries of the congregation near and far.
- We celebrate Holy Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist) every Sunday. Lutherans believe that Christ is really present in the bread and the wine of Holy Communion and that in this meal, Christ offers us forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Here we touch and taste the promise of the Word made flesh. It is Bread for the journey. It is also a foretaste of the feast to come. In our worship, all are welcome at the Lord’s table.
- After the meal, our worship points us back out into the world and to living our faith in daily life. We pray for grace to share the love that has found us in all our relationships, and to be the hands and feet of the servant Christ in the world. We receive a blessing, sing a closing hymn and are dismissed with a simple exhortation like, “Go in peace. Proclaim the good news.”
We sing a combination of traditional and contemporary hymns accompanied by organ and piano. Guest instrumentalists often contribute to our worship, and the 10:30 a.m. service features our Sanctuary Choir as well. Our liturgy uses the resources of the hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, to provide both familiar and new music for congregational singing. Our handbell choirs and Sunday School children also offer special music in our worship services.
The Two Services
Our 8:15 a.m. service is smaller and a bit quieter than our 10:30 a.m. service. About thirty-five people attend the 8:15 a.m. service, and more than 100 will be at the 10:30 a.m. service. The 10:30 a.m. service also includes a children’s sermon and occasional visits from the superhero, Religious Man, and his friends. A nursery is available at both services.
Whether you worship at 8:15 or 10:30, we hope you will feel the presence of God and also know that you are part of a community of people who love and care for each other.
Please join us!