We hope that you enjoy your worship experience here. If you are unfamiliar with Lutheran worship, the following explanations will help you understand why we do what we do in the way we do it. If you would like to learn more about the liturgy, click here.
The Focus of Worship
The main focus of our worship is always on what God has done for us. You will notice that many of the songs we sing remind us of God’s great deeds on behalf of all people, especially his own. God’s greatest act on our behalf was the sending of his Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life in our place, to die on the cross for our sins, and to rise from death on Easter morning, so that we could have eternal life with him in heaven. Watch for the reminders of these important truths throughout the service.
The Service Folder
When you enter the church, you receive a service folder from the usher. The service folder lists the basic outline of the day’s worship and informs you what hymns we will be singing. The Bible readings are also printed in the service folder, as well as many of the prayers spoken during worship.
The Order of Service
We have and use a number of different orders of worship that are included in our hymnal. On most Sundays we will use one of these to guide the worship of our Savior and God. Simply follow along, as we worship.
The Lutheran church has long been known as “a singing church.” We want people to actively participate in worship, not just passively observe it. Some of our songs were written in the last several decades, while others were written as long as 1800 years ago by the early church! Feel free to join us in singing those songs with which you are comfortable. If a tune is unfamiliar or if you are uncomfortable singing, that’s OK! Enjoy the voices of those around you and focus on the message the song is proclaiming. One of the great strengths of our hymns is the powerful messages they share based on the Bible.
The sermon allows us to spend time, usually between 12 to 18 minutes, to focus on specific truths, guaranteed promises, and practical applications from God’s Word, the Bible. Most Sundays the pastor will preach a sermon based on one of the three lessons from the Bible that were read earlier in the service. The pastor desires to help you understand what God is saying and how it applies to you.
Standing and Sitting
When the President of the United States walks into a room, everyone stands out of respect. This is why we stand during certain parts of our worship. It shows respect for the Lord. We usually stand at the beginning of the service, to remind ourselves that God is present with us. We also stand for most of the prayers, as we turn to and speak with God. We traditionally stand for the reading of the Gospel reading, because the words of Jesus himself are being read. The pastor will indicate during the service when to stand and when to be seated.
Why Is the Pastor Wearing a Robe?
The pastor’s robe (an alb) is meant to “hide the man” and “emphasize the message.” Rather than focusing on whether or not you like his tie, the robe helps you to focus on what he’s saying. When the pastor wears a white robe it symbolizes the “robe of righteousness” a person receives through faith in Jesus. Our sins have been washed away, and we are perfect in God’s sight!
“What about …?”
We recognize that we may not have answered every question you may have about the way we worship. Feel free, then, to ask the pastor after the service, give him a call during the week, or e-mail him. It would be his honor to hear from and help you!