entering the presence of the true & living God,
and hearing his holy Word...
praising, thanking, & adoring him in song,
seeking his mercy for the needs of the world...
feasting at the holy Supper of the Lamb...
SUNDAY – THE LORD’S DAY
From the very start Christians have gathered on the first day of the week (Sunday). For on that day the disciples found the empty tomb, learned that Jesus was risen, and later met him face-to-face. While the New Testament was still being written, the church chose the Day of Resurrection to gather, calling the first day of the week the Lord’s Day.” About a century after the Apostles, Justin Martyr from Syria also connected Sunday to the creation, writing to the Roman Emperor of his day, “We hold this common gathering on Sunday since it is the first day on which God, transforming darkness and matter, made the universe, and Jesus Christ, our Savior, rose from the dead on the same day.”
WORSHIP CENTERED ON GOD’S GIFTS
Worship is first of all about what we come to receive from God, secondly about what we offer him. We call this hour the Divine Service – for in it God serves us his saving grace in Christ. It is the chief “family hour” of those baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Justin Martyr describes this gathering as follows:
On the day called Sunday... the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read... They next earnestly offer common prayers for themselves, along with the one who has been illuminated and for others everywhere... Then bread and a cup of water mixed with wine are brought... When the president has given thanks and the whole congregation has agreed, those whom we call deacons give to each person present a portion of the consecrated bread and wine/water.. This food we call Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except those who believe that what we teach is true, and who have received the washing that forgives sins and grants rebirth – and who are living as Christ commanded. We have been taught that the food consecrated by the word of prayer is the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus.
THE THREE CHIEF PARTS OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE
I. BIBLICAL PREACHING — Christ said of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13), “He will guide you into all the truth.” When the church gathers, God fulfills this promise through the public reading of the Holy Scriptures, which provide the foundation for all preaching.
II. PRAYER — Christ promised us (John 14:13-14) that through him our prayers would be heard and answered by God the Father. The church gathers to pray, therefore for the needs of the whole church and the whole world.
III. THE LORD'S SUPPER — Christ declared of the bread and wine: “This is my body which is for you... This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” The Lord’s Supper, sharing the blood of Christ and sharing the body of Christ, is part of our regular Sunday worship.
WHEN YOU ENTER THE PEW IN OUR CHURCH, you will find a book in the rack, Lutheran Service Book. It’s what we use for our services, both on Sunday and at other times. Although it contains much more than hymns, we simply call it “the hymnal.”
THE SUNDAY BULLETIN that an usher hands you provides an outline to the service that morning. It shows you where to turn in the hymnal.
WE FOLLOW AN ORDER of service that on Sunday morning is entitled “Divine Service.” It appears in the hymnal in a number of musical settings. Whichever one we use, and regardless of where else we turn in the hymnal during worship, we always come back to this Divine Service order.
“PROPERS” ARE SPECIFIC hymns and other items being used on that particular day. For we are always following the Christian Calendar, which has various readings assigned to the seasons and festivals of the Church Year.
TWO RIBBONS are in the hymnal to let you mark places in advance and thus to follow the service more easily.
THE SCRIPTURE READINGS OF THE DAY, which would not all fit in a hymnal, we print out on the back of the bulletin.
THE GENERAL CONTENTS OF OUR HYMNAL
An outline of the Christian Year, including the Bible passages appointed for each week.
Most of the Old Testament’s 150 Psalms
The Divine Service for Communion services
Daily Prayer materials for use by families, other groups, and individuals
Rites for Baptism, Confirmation, weddings, and funerals
Over 600 hymns of the Christian church
OUR WORSHIP SERVICES ARE SATURATED WITH THE LANGUAGE OF BIBLICAL TEXTS
Visitors find themselves “singing the Scriptures” with us. And with so much packed into a single volume, our hymnal serves well also in schools and homes.
|Apr 23, 2017||2nd Sund of Easter||hearing is believing|
|Apr 16, 2017||Easter Sunday||search for tomorrow|
|Apr 9, 2017||Palm Sunday||joy or sorrow|
|Apr 2, 2017||5th Sunday in Lent||these old bones|
|Mar 26, 2017||4th Sunday in Lent|
|Mar 19, 2017||3rd Sunday in Lent||from confrontation to healing|
|Mar 12, 2017||2nd Sunday in Lent||2nd sunday in lent|
|Mar 5, 2017||1st Sunday in Lent||lent 1|
|Feb 26, 2017||Transfiguration of Our Lord||this is holy ground|
|Feb 19, 2017||7th Sun after the Epiphany||fear of missing out|
|Feb 12, 2017||6th Sun after the Epiphany||catechesis on the mount 2|
|Feb 5, 2017||5th Sun after the Epiphany|
|Jan 29, 2017||4th Sun after the Epiphany||you are a winner|
|Jan 22, 2017||3rd Sun after the Epiphany||come follow me|
|Jan 15, 2017||2nd Sun after the Epiphany||called|
|Jan 8, 2016||The Baptism of Our Lord||do you know who you are|
|Jan 1, 2016||lst Sunday after Christmas||what is in a name|
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From Luther’s Small Catechism...
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night.
For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.
Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
The eyes of all look to you, O Lord, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Lord God, Heavenly Father, bless us and these your gifts, which we receive from you bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Time of Christmas
Advent - We remember how the Messiah came to Israel, rejoice in Christ coming to us today in his means of grace, and anticipate his return to glory on the day of judgment.
Christmas - We observe the Feast of the Nativity – God’s Word made Flesh – followed by 12 days of celebration.
Epiphany - Through signs and wonders, God reveals his Son to be the Light of the nations and the glory of his chosen people Israel.
The Time of Easter
Lent - We recall especially the trials and conflicts in the life of Christ by which he was prepared to enter his sufferings, and we larn from him to endure.
Holy Week - We enter the mystery of God’s own atonement for the sins of the world, in order to give life to the world.
Easter - God’s hidden plan of the ages is revealed to us in his raising Jesus from the tomb, and raising his disciples from despair to faith.
Octave of Pentecost
In the outpouring of the Spirit, God reveals himself as a holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Spirit.
The Time of the Church
Sundays after Pentecost - This long period through summer and autumn represents the life of Christ in his church, as she lives by faith and in service to him between his Ascension into heaven and his final coming in glory.