At Our Savior's Lutheran Church, we gather for worship to hear the gospel, that is, the good news of what Jesus Christ our Savior has done for us. Without him, we would only tremble in fear when in the presence of our holy God. But because of him, we can approach God in confidence and joy to receive strength for our faith and for lives of service. We practice traditional Lutheran liturgical worship with hymns and a Biblical-text-based sermon.
What is Liturgical Worship?
The aim of liturgical worship is to make Christ's saving work the center of our time together each week. There are some parts of the service that are very similar from week to week. This ensures that the central truths of our Christian faith are proclaimed at every service. These truths are what strengthen our faith. Other parts of the service change every week. Liturgical worship follows a calendar made up of seasons and festivals that cover the entire life of Christ each year. Finally, liturgical worship is designed to enable people to participate in praising God and proclaiming the gospel. When you join us for worship, you'll notice that people aren't passive observers but are actively involved in reminding one another of God's love.
Parts of the Service:
Our worship follows a variety of formats and incorporates a variety of musical styles. At the same time, certain key elements are found in just about every service.
Every service begins "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," the same words that were spoken at your baptism. These words remind us that, through baptism, we are God's children and can enter his presence as boldly and confidently as children approach a loving father.
Confession and Absolution
Even though God has made us his children, we still fall into sin each and every day. Therefore, when we come into God's presence, we start by humbly confessing our sins and then gladly hearing the announcement that, through Jesus, each one of them is forgiven. Each service starts out with this wonderful, comforting news.
Song of Praise
Following the announcement of forgiveness, we burst into joyful song, praising God for his love and proclaiming the wonderful things he has done for us through Christ.
Each service usually includes the reading of three lessons from the Bible. Typically one of them comes from the Old Testament, one comes from a New Testament epistle (letter) and one comes from one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John). Through his word, the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith and we grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Each week the pastor preaches a message based on one of the three lessons. The sermon is an opportunity for him to explain what God's Word means and how it applies to the lives of believers.
Confession of Faith
The basic truths of the Christian faith are summarized in creeds, statements of what we believe. The worldwide Christian church has been confessing the two creeds we use, the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, for almost two thousand years.
Brothers and sisters united by faith pray for the joys and challenges that we share. These prayers are followed by the Lord's Prayer.
Before he left this earth, Jesus instituted a special meal for his Church that we refer to as the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion. In it, he offers us his own body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins and for the strengthening of our faith. At Our Savior's, Holy Communion is offered on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. We would love to speak with you more about preparing to receive this special meal with us.
The last words that we hear before we leave are the words of God's blessing that have been spoken over God's people since the days of Aaron the High Priest, more than 3,500 years ago. We leave God's house assured of his love.
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
Regular Sunday Schedule:
- 10:30 am - Bible Study
- 11:15 am - Worship Service
- We practice traditional Lutheran liturgical worship with hymns and a Biblical-text-based sermon.
Come worship with us!
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