Worship

Worship is

Word: We gather in the presence of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We understand Christian worship to be an encounter with God, who is present with us in both Word and Sacrament. In the Good News of Jesus Christ read and proclaimed, God speaks to us. In Holy Communion, our Lord reaches out to us, his body and blood truly present in the bread and wine, forming us into his body for the sake of the world.

Sacrament: We welcome to the Lord’s Table all Christians who are baptized and who normally receive Communion in their home congregations. Those who commune may choose to receive wine from the chalice or individual glasses. (Note: The glasses on the inner ring of each tray contain grape juice.) Those who do not commune may come forward with those who do to receive a blessing.

Worship Ritual

Sundays at 9:30am : Worship lasts about an hour and a half and includes Holy Communion. Holy Communion is included every week. We offer common cup, individual cups, and choice of wine or grape juice. Gluten-free wafers can be provided, please notify Pastor prior to service. Children are encouraged to come forward with their family. If they have not yet reached the age of first Communion, they may receive a blessing by Pastor. At age six they are invited to take their first communion. After the readings, children are invited to the front for Pastor’s Children’s Sermon. Afterwards, they go to the fellowship hall for Children’s Church, an activity led by adults that focuses on the word of the day. As with our Lutheran custom, they return to the sanctuary after the sermon to complete the liturgy with their families.

Jazz Vespers – Second Sunday at 5:00 pm : A Sunday evening prayer service led by Pastor Paul Waterman with members and guests of the New Arts Jazztet. The Jazz Vespers service is temporarily suspended until the pandemic crisis has passed. If you are missing the music, go to the May 2020 Newsletter, page 13 (insert link), for 20 links to past Jazz Vespers performances.

Lent/Advent Midweek: During the seasons of Lent and Advent an evening prayer service is held immediately after a simple soup and sandwich dinner. Participants are welcome to attend one or both.

Occasional Services: Evening worship services are also held for Christmas Eve, The Epiphany of Our Lord, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Epiphany service includes an evening meal, Ash Wednesday hosts a pancake dinner.

Hearing: hearing assistive devices are available. Please ask an usher.

Worship Leadership

Assisting Ministers: Also called Lay Assistants, read the old and new testament scriptures, prepare communion elements, and assist in distribution of elements.

Ushers: Volunteers assist with name tags, bulletins, and hearing devices, if needed. If you need assistance during communion, please let them know.

Deacon: Assists with distribution of communion elements

Acolyte: Lights the Baptismal and altar candles and assists with the distribution of Holy Communion

 

Music

Choir: Members share their musical heritage/interest by singing in the Sunday service throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Choir rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings.

New Arts Jazztet: A Sunday Evening Prayer Service led by Pastor Paul Waterman with members and guests of the New Arts Jazztet.

 

Visitors

All are invited to join us for coffee and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall (to the right as you leave the sanctuary) at 10:45 each Sunday.