Liturgy

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
 ~ Revelation 15:4

Our chief service or liturgy is the Divine Service which we celebrate every Sunday and Feast Day. The heart of the Divine Service is our Lord working in the ways that He promised He would and which He commanded His Church to continue. Our Lord brings us into the worshipping communion of saints through Holy Baptism. We gather then to confession our sins and hear the absolution, the forgiveness of our sins. We then hear the Word of God read and preached. We also gather to hear our Lord’s Testament, explaining to us why He suffered and died on the cross, that it was all done for us, for the forgiveness of our sins and then eat His Holy Body and drink His precious Blood, as He commanded. To the work of our Lord we respond with a confession of our faith and with prayers, praise, and thanksgiving.

In joyous freedom we follow the traditional order of the Holy Church. This order consists of some parts that stay the same every Sunday and some parts that change. The changing parts, such as the readings or the prayers, are called the propers and follow a certain theme for the day set by the Gospel. A bulletin helps you follow the Service in our hymnal, the Lutheran Service Book. If you have any questions an usher is glad to help.

Throughout the year we pray the Office of Vespers on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m..  These Services provide a a special time to meditate on the Word of God, especially the Psalms. On Feast Days that fall on a Wednesday a Divine Service will be held.

We invite you to hear our Lord speak at any of our Services. We practice closed communion, though all are welcome to come to the altar during communion for a blessing. If you are visiting talk to the pastor or an usher before the Service. Our Communion Statement is as follows:

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as he says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but his very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with him and with one another. Our Lord invites to his table those who trust his words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as he forgives and loves us, that they may show forth his death until he comes. Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and the Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor.