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SEPTEMBER to JUNE
Sunday Worship with Holy Communion - 11:00 A.M.
Sunday School - 10:00 A.M.
JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
Sunday Worship with Holy Communion - 10:00 A.M.
No Sunday School
David's Kingdom Preschool Chapel - Wednesdays at 11:30 A.M.
Welcome to Worship
The Liturgy Is the Beginning Point
Lutherans call their pattern of worship “the liturgy.” At the heart of our liturgy is God. Liturgy comes from the Greek and means “the work of the people.” The work of liturgy is the participation in the responses, prayers and singing of the hymns as well as listening to the Word which is done to worship and honor God. The focus is not on the performance of the pastor, choir nor others participating in the service but focuses on God’s word and grace. The entire liturgy is based on the word of God from scripture.
Standing, Sitting, and Kneeling
You will have a difficult time sleeping during a Lutheran worship service because you are always standing up, then sitting, then standing up and then kneeling and then... We have a reason for each.
Why do you have two hymnals?
We use the red Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) as our basic worship book. The ELW is composed of services and supporting material in the front and hymns in the back. It is part service book and part hymnal. If you see a page number in the bulletin, know that is at the bottom of the page. If you see a hymn number, it is at the top of the page.
We also have the blue With One Voice hymnal (WOV) which is a supplemental hymnal. The title comes from Romans 15:5-6 where Paul talks about “…together you may with one voice glorify…God.” The aim of the hymnal is to give more options for worship.
Lutherans Are a Singing Church
The Psalmist said to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” and we Lutherans believe it. Music composes about 40% of our worship service. Notice that the Psalmist said to “make a joyful noise” and did not say “make perfect sounds to the Lord.” That means that we have fun singing, even if we do not hit all the right notes. Organ music is used with most of our service but sometimes we use the piano for hymns and special music.
Robes and more Robes
In Lutheran churches, the pastor and others who participate in the service wear robes called an alb. By wearing albs, the participants emphasize the action of the participant rather than emphasizing the person. Worship is not a contest to see who can dress the best but is about worshiping and honoring God.
A Unique Design
Lutheran churches have an altar in the center of the elevated area of the church which is called the chancel. This is the area where we meet God and by being in the center reminds us that the point of worship is to praise, honor and be with God. On the altar is a cross as a reminder of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Candles on each side of the cross remind us that Christ is the light of the world and we are to be lights in the world, also. The flowers on each side of the altar are a reminder of the resurrection as they come to life after being buried in the ground. The dark red light over the altar is the eternal light or sanctuary candle. It has a candle that burns for a week as a reminder that God is always present. The lectern is the smaller speaker’s stand and is for the reading all the lessons but the Gospel. The pulpit is the larger stand and it is used for the reading of the Gospel and the sermon. The baptismal font along with the paschal candle are at the base of the steps leading up to the altar. The baptismal font holds the water for baptism. The paschal candle is used at baptisms, funerals, and during the Easter Season to remind us that Christ rose from the dead.
The Church Has a Calendar
Just like the calendar from January to December that everyone uses, the church has a church year calendar.
The church year calendar is divided into two parts. The first part is about the life of Christ and the second is about the teachings of Christ and the Church. The Church Year begins with Advent at the end of November or the first of December. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ and lasts for four Sundays. Christmas follows as the church celebrates the birth of Christ. The Christmas season lasts for 12 days (remember the song, The 12 Days of Christmas)? The next season is Epiphany which features scripture that reveals the signs that Jesus is the Messiah such as the coming of the Wise Men. Lent, a time of 40 days, not counting Sundays begins on Ash Wednesday. The Lenten season is a journey of preparing for the death of Christ on Good Friday. The Easter season follows as a celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and continues until Pentecost, the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. That is the end of the first part of the church year. The second part is composed of the Sundays after Pentecost and lasts approximately six months.
The Church celebrates other festivals in the course of the year when they fall on a Sunday.
Each Season Has a Unique Color
Each season of the church year has a color:
Holy Communion Is Known by Many Names
The meal and the celebration of the Lord offering us his body and blood has several names.
You Use Real Wine?
Yes, we use real wine because that is what Jesus would have used. At the time of Jesus, the area had very few wells so most of the water was not fit to drink. Grapes were abundant so the Hebrews discovered that the grapes would purify the water as the fermentation process took place. All the people, including the young children drank wine. It was much like people in the south drinking ice tea.
All People are always welcome. Come and experience the joy and excitement of worshipping and praising our Lord and Savior together!