We are sincerely thankful that the Lord has led you to worship with us today. We pray that in our liturgy, in our hymns and in our sermon that you will see Jesus Christ, the Savior who died on the cross for the sins of the world. We pray that you will hear Jesus call all nations to repent of their sins. We pray that you will receive the forgiveness of sins won by Christ on the Cross. We believe that through faith this forgiveness transforms us from being self-centered to living lives of service.
What Should I Expect at the Worship Services?
If you are used to “praise” style worship, the historic liturgy may be unfamiliar and somewhat strange to you. Our form of worship has its roots in the earliest days of the church.
The word “liturgy” means service. Our worship is called the “Divine Service.” In the Divine Service our Lord is the Lord who services. We understand worship in this way:
“Our Lord serves us today through His holy Word and Sacraments. Through these means, He comes among us to deliver His forgiveness and salvation, freeing us from our sins and strengthening us for service to one another and to the world. At Holy Baptism, He puts His name upon us, pours His Holy Spirit into our hearts, and rescues us from sin, death, and the devil. Through Holy Absolution, He pronounces His forgiveness again and again. With His holy Word, written in Scripture and preaching into our ears, He daily proclaims His abiding love for us through all the joys and sorrows of life in this world. In His Holy Super, He gives us His own body and blood to eat and drink as a priceless gift to nourish and strengthen us in both body and soul” Lutheran Service Book vii.
If some of the historic words that we use in worship are new to you, please look at page xxiv of Lutheran Service Book for a glossary. As you learn more about the ancient worship of the Church, you will learn to cherish it as Christians have throughout the centuries. If you have questions about anything that you have seen or heard today, please feel free to contact one of our pastors.
Do You Offer a Nursery For My Children?
We offer a children’s room where you can bring your children during the service, which has monitors so you can see and hear the service while your children play. While we do not currently have staff members to watch your children, you are welcome to bring your children in there at any time during the services, please do not leave your children unattended.
Who Can Take Communion?
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. 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 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with one of the pastors.
How do I Become a Member of Christ Lutheran?
Please call our church office about becoming a member of Christ Lutheran. We offer new member classes and Pastor Measel can provide more information about the new member process.