The following is a description and explanation of some of the typical things you will see and hear during Sunday morning worship.
We call on the name of the Triune God - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - as we identify God as our own. All of our differences and individualities, while not ignored or denied, are superceded by our identity in Christ as his self-revealed name is again placed upon those gathered, just as it was in Baptism.
Confession of Sins and Finding Forgiveness
We acknowledge that we have not always done what God asks, that we are sinners in desperate need of a gracious God. Then we are assured of the one thing we need the most - the forgiveness of our sins. This forgiveness is as real as if God himself spoke it because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
Each Sunday we hear lessons from God's Word. These may be selections from God's Old Testament prophets, Jesus' apostles, and from Jesus himself in the Gospels. The use of a lectionary (a series of assigned readings) assures that the congregation will review the saving events of our Lord's life, death, and resurrection each year. Also included in our Lutheran tradition is a Psalm of the Day, which is usually sung.
Our Pastor will offer applicable instruction and encouragement in a sermon based on a selected text for that Sunday in the church year. The sermon applies the never-changing truths of Scripture to the specific individuals gathered in this specific place at this specific time. We hear how we can expect God's guidance and grace for dealing with problems of this life, as well as the promise of eternal life to come in heaven through Jesus' saving work.
Confession of Faith
Each Sunday we confess our faith, that is, we state what we believe using one of the ancient creeds of the Christian Church: the Apostles' Creed, the Nicean Creed, or the Athanasian Creed. We do this as a reminder of the basic truths of our faith and to show our unity with each other and the Christians who came before us.
The Lord's Supper
On the first and third Sundays each month we participate in the sacrament (or sacred act) of communion. Because in the Lord's Supper we are proclaiming that we have a complete unity in all that we believe and because it is such an expression of our common faith, we ask that any visitors speak with our Pastor prior to communing with us to ensure that all those who do commune have been thoroughly instructed and agree with all that we believe and teach.
Our Response: Offerings and Prayers
Our offerings are given as a response to God's love. By giving a portion of our income as an offering, we show our thanks to God for his rich mercy to us. Through these free-will offerings we are able to carry out our great commission: to share the good news of Jesus with others in our community and throughout the world. Our guests need not feel obligated to contribute. God's grace to us also moves us to pray in thanksgiving, in supplication, asking God to give us the strength to do his will, and in intercession, praying for God to work his grace in the lives of others.
We hear one last assurance of God's care as the Lord's name is placed on us. Just as we begin our service in God's name, so we receive his name at the conclusion. With the name of God comes all the gifts that he desires to give: blessings, protection, grace, and peace.