How We Worship

Liturgies

The order of our service follows one of the liturgies from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW).  The ELW is a relatively new resource, which combines hymnody from the rich tradition of the Lutheran Church and multicultural sources.  These liturgies, which we often call settings, are changed around the seasons of the church year.  Excluding hymns, our bulletins contain the entire service.

Additional liturgies include:Worship

  • Holden Evening Prayer in Lent
  • Of Land and Seasons, a quarterly celebration of the seasons and agricultural life
  • Healing Liturgy, a quarterly anointing and laying on of hands
  • Jazz Worship, a quarterly celebration of jazz music with guest musicians

 


Music

Music plays an important role in the life of our worship. The songs are taken from a variety of resources, most predominantly the ELW and a contemporary hymnbook Reformation created. These can be found where worshipers are seated.


Participation Opportunities

The word ‘liturgy’ means “work of the people”, and we welcome leadership within the service from more than just the pastor. Volunteers are encouraged to assist with essential elements of our church service which can include:
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Greeters | Ushers | Readers | Acolytes | Nursery Helpers | Choirs and other musical groups | Assistants to the Pastor | Communion Assistants | Torchbearers | Crucifers

If you would like to participate in worship, please talk to the pastor, or call or email the church office.


Communion

Communion Bread and WineWhen celebrating communion, our service follows a fourfold pattern: Gathering, Word, Meal and Sending. At the beginning of the service, the peace is shared and those gathered welcome one another. A hymn is sung followed by a prayer which pulls together the central theme for the day. Readings are shared from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. These readings follow a three-year cycle. Specific readings are appointed for each Sunday of the church year.  These readings are followed by a message, usually shared by the pastor. A hymn is often sung as the assembly’s response to the spoken and shared Word. A creed is recited followed by prayers, communion, and a blessing.

For more information on the Lutheran service, visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Worship page.