Worship starts and ends with God. He gathers us so that we may hear his word – in scripture readings, preaching, music, and sacraments – and call on him in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.
We don’t think of worship as a “religious ceremony” or a “box that contains God.” Rather, it is a public expression of our living, personal relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When the Lord delivers the goods that He wants sinners to have (namely: forgiveness, true life, and salvation) then worship happens… and we end up changed for the better.
Our 8:00am service is traditional, with time-tested patterns of language from the Bible working on us. We are honest before God about our sin and we receive his forgiveness. We read the Bible, sing hymns, God’s word is preached, and we pray. The pastor and lay ministers wear robes and the main musical instrument used is the pipe organ.
Our 10:30am service is informal. We are honest before God about our sin and we receive his forgiveness. We read the Bible, sing hymns, God’s word is preached, and we pray. The pastor and lay ministers wear street clothes and the musical instruments include the piano, the pipe organ, violin, flute and others.
At both services, we have the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sundays of the month. All baptized persons who believe Jesus’ words “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins” are welcome to receive the Lord’s Supper. Baptisms of adults and children normally are done on the second or fourth Sunday of the month. If you would like to be baptized, please use our contact form (with “baptism” in the subject) or call the church office.
Music is vital for us. It enhances the proclamation of God’s word and gives us voice to sing his praises. We find it helpful to distinguish between music at the people, for the people, and by the people. We like music by the people the best
. When it comes to the hymns and songs we select, the following markers to guide our selection:
The lyrics tell a lot about God
The lyrics tell a little about us
The lyrics tell the story of Jesus
The congregation loves to sing it!