Refreshing Truth In Every Word
Our worship style is based on the historical practice of the Church. We believe that over the years the faithful who went before us developed a meaningful and rich way of gathering together to be fed and encouraged. That style of worships is often known as liturgical worship. Liturgical worship has many parts and on most Sundays you will find these in our worship services.
The service begins with words that call on the name of the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” are the same words that are spoken at a baptism. They are a reminder that we enter God’s presence to worship him because we are made his children through baptism.
Confession and Absolution
Instead of presuming we have the right to approach God, first we humbly confess our sins to God and then gladly hear His proclamation that each and every one of our sins has been forgiven. We do this week after week because we sin daily and because God never tires of forgiving. We can never hear those amazing, comforting words too often.
Song of Praise
In response to the forgiveness given so freely to us, we join our voices in a song of praise to God.
Prayer of the Day
We pray the appointed prayer for that Sunday of the church year. This prayer fits with the theme for the day.
The first lesson from God’s Word is usually taken from the Old Testament. Many times we will hear about a prophecy that was fulfilled by Christ in the Gospel lesson for the day or about a historical event that correlates to Jesus’ words and works in the Gospel.
Psalm of the Day
For 3,000 years believers have worshiped God by singing and reciting psalms.
The second lesson is usually taken from the part of the New Testament we call the Epistles—letters written by the apostles. Typically they apply God’s Word specifically to the believer’s life.
Verse of the Day
A short Bible verse, based on the theme of the day, is read or sung. This verse thanks God for and prepares us to hear the Gospel lesson.
The entire service revolves around the Gospel lesson. We stand to hear the words and works of Christ our King, just like people stood in the presence of royalty in ancient times.
Hymn of the Day
The words of this hymn in particular teach God’s Word in relation to the theme of the day.
The pastor preaches a message based on one of the lessons for the day. The sermon teaches how God's Word applies to our Christian life.
Confession of Faith
Immediately before or after the sermon we proclaim what we believe—what the Christian Church has always believed. To do that, we use the words of the Nicene or Apostles’ Creed—both of which have been used in the Christian Church for almost two millennia.
Prayer of the Church
We join to pray to God about specific joys and troubles in our church and in the Church around the world. This is followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Supper is offered on the first and third Sundays of the month. We, united with our brothers and sisters in the faith, approach God’s altar to receive the body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.
As we return to our Christian lives refreshed by God’s Word and Sacrament, we receive the same blessing that God gave to the ancient Israelites.