WORSHIP INFORMATION

  • Sunday Worship Service is at 10:15 am

  • Communion is on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of every month.

  • Children of all ages are welcome in worship.

  • Activity bags for children are available on the stand in the entryway.

  • Hearing Aids are available on the table in the entryway.

  • Handicap Parking is available in the parking lot West of the Church.

  • We have an elevator to the balcony and the basement.

  • Offering envelopes are in the pews.

Please join us for coffee & cookies in the Luther Room after service
Weekly Prayers
Words about Worship
The worship service is comprised of four parts: gathering, word, meal, and sending. In the Gathering, the Holy Spirit
calls us together as the people of God. The gathering may include Confession and Forgiveness or Thanksgiving for
Baptism; and a Gathering song: a hymn or psalm, kyrie or canticle of praise, Glory to God or This is the Feast. The
inclusion of the kyrie and/or canticle of praise in the worship service changes seasonally.
As noted in the ELW, the cranberry hymnal, the guidance for singing hymns is for worshipers to stand while singing, with
the expectation that those who cannot stand, sit. Singing is always more robust and stronger when people stand while
singing. The custom of standing for the last stanza of a hymn comes from when a hymn’s last stanza contains a doxology,
meaning all three persons of the Trinity are referenced. Also, when people are more than three feet apart, they are
effectively singing a solo. So, the closer together worshipers stand/sit, the stronger they will all sing. Those who
participated in the Lenten services all commented on how better it sounded when they were close together and nearer the
piano.
The Greeting and Prayer of the Day are always included in the gathering. The greeting is referred to as the Apostolic
Greeting. The Apostle Paul opened all his letters, as was the custom of letter-writing in his day, with this specific type of
greeting. The one used in worship is taken from 2 Corinthians. That the congregation has already been greeted during the
Gathering is why many pastors do not include a greeting at the beginning of their sermon. It would be like stopping in the
middle of conversation to say, “Oh, Hi! Nice to see you. How are you?” The Prayer of the Day is specific to that day in
the church calendar (they are all listed on pages 18-53 in ELW) and often from the day’s readings. The Prayer of the Day
ends the gathering section of the worship service.