Due to COVID-19 Our Services have Temporarily Changed
In the ever-changing environment of COVID-19 we are continuously monitoring and adapting our worship service procedures to find the best way for us to continue to worship together in-person while still keeping our congregation safe and healthy. Keep an eye on our announcements and our blog for the most current news about what our services look like and the time of the service.
About the Services
On a typical Sunday (September - May) we hold two worship services. Our 9:00 a.m. service is considered our traditional style service. This service uses traditional liturgy and features hymns and music accompanied by organ or piano and often times a choir. Our 11:15 a.m. service is a contemporary service. This service follows a more casual, free-flowing format but still contains the core liturgy central to the Lutheran denomination. It also features praise and worship songs accompanied by a variety of instruments, including keyboards, guitars and drums.
During the Summer months (May-August) we hold one worship service at 10:00 a.m. The style of this service blends both of our worship styles into one service, rotating each week between traditional, contemporary and blended.
All are invited to join us in Holy Communion. Holy Communion is celebrated at all services, alternating between intinction or kneeling at the rail. During both types of celebrations an usher will go down the center aisle and dismiss your row. You proceed to the front and follow the style for the week. Before the celebration the pastor usually gives a brief explanation of how the flow is to go. During an intinction, sometimes referred to as continuous, celebration you may proceed up the center aisle, receive the bread* which can then be dipped into the chalice* or simply eaten without dipping. During a kneeling celebration you come forward as directed by the ushers and kneel at the rail. The communion assistants will give you the bread* and then an individual cup* or you may dip your bread into the chalice*. If you do not wish to receive communion but want a blessing, come forward and cross your arms over your chest. If you have children with you and they are not yet instructed in the Sacrament of Holy Communion they may come forward to receive a blessing. Additonally, if you are unable to come to the front but would like to receive communion please let an usher know and they will make sure the Pastor comes to your seat.
* Wine and white grape juice are available; we also offer gluten-free wafers.
How Do People Dress?
During both of these worship services you people come dressed as they feel comfortable, anything from their “Sunday Best” to jeans and a t-shirt we see it all. So come as you are, all are welcome! The Pastor and the worship attendants will be dressed in traditional white robes. In addition, Pastor Justin wears a stole, or decorative scarf type garment that coordinates with the church’s liturgical calendar.
What About Children?
During all worship services a nursery is provided for children from infants to age 3. We also have a program for 3-5 years old called Sprouts, which is held during the Contemporary service. The children participate in the service until the conclusion of Children’s time and then they are dismissed to go to Sprouts classroom at the back of the Education wing.
Sunday School is offered for all of our children age 4 through high school and adults who wish to participate. This takes place between services at 10:00 a.m. September through May.