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 modern hymns accompanied by organ and piano. Guest instrumentalists often contribute to our worship. The Sanctuary Choir is directed by Dr. David Gresham and sings year-around. Our liturgy uses the resources of the hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, to provide both familiar and new music for congregational singing. Our handbell choir and Sunday School children also offer special music in our worship services.
Summer Worship: 9:30 a.m.
During the summer, we hold a single worship service, at 9:30 a.m. We hope the relatively early hour will give people, especially visitors to our area, the freedom to come to worship and still have a good part of the day to enjoy their families and our beautiful mountains. Children of all ages are welcome in worship; if parents would be more comfortable with small children outside the sanctuary, a nursery is available. We hope that through worship, 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!