Our regular weekly service is Sunday mornings at 11 AM. Our worship is rooted in traditional Lutheran hymns and liturgy (a liturgy is a way of organizing a church service with prayers, responsive readings and hymns), but with a modern twist. We believe in celebrating all the treasures of the church, both old and new.
Lutheran worship typically is similar to Anglican or Catholic services, in that there is a structured order of prayers, responsive readings, readings from the Bible, and hymns. All three traditions draw on a common history of Western Christianity, so there are a lot of similarities. Most Sundays, we have a modern style of worship. If there happen to be five Sundays in a month, the fifth Sunday uses an older liturgy that celebrates the history and heritage of our faith.
Our Sunday morning worship begins with a song of praise. Then, the pastor says the invocation, that is, calling on God’s name. We then have some responsive readings and prayers about how we are not perfect, but we trust in God’s promise that He understands that, and forgives us. The pastor announces this forgiveness to the people.
After we receive forgiveness, we have more responsive readings about how God works in our lives. Each week has a theme, and on Sunday mornings, we have a prayer near the beginning of worship that deals with our theme for the week. We then have readings from the Bible. The Bible readings for the week are how the theme is chosen. After the readings, we proclaim our faith, that is, what we believe is the message of the whole Bible, with one of the ancient creeds (a creed is a statement of belief) of Christianity.
After another song, we have the sermon. The sermon is a talk about what the Bible readings mean. It expands on what the readings say, and connects them to daily life. The sermon explains what God is telling us to do or not do. Since nobody is perfect, we very often fall short of what God wants, so the sermon also talks about how God has forgiven us.
When the sermon is over, we collect offerings from our members. If you’re just visiting, don’t worry about offerings. We then pray over what we’ve given, asking God to bless it, and use it for the good of His church.
Then, we pray. This is the time when we go into detail with our prayers. We ask God to give protection to those in danger, and healing to those who are sick. We ask Him to bless our church and our nation. We pray for peace throughout the world. We pray that God bless our daily work, and provide for our needs, as He has promised to do. We pray for lots of different things.
On the first and third Sundays of a month, we have communion. This is a ceremonial meal of bread and wine that God has promised is also the real, physical body and blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that this presence is very powerful. Because of the power that is in God’s presence, we ask that visitors talk to the pastor or an elder before coming forward to the altar to take communion.
After communion (or after the prayers, if there wasn’t communion that week), the pastor says a blessing over the congregation. Then, we have a final hymn, and the service ends.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!