Every church has its own style of worship. We think you'll enjoy the services at Christ Lutheran, but as in any church, it may take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God and proclaiming what he has done. Each week the entire service is printed in the worship folder. The only thing that isn’t is the hymns; those are in the hymnals. You are certainly welcome to bring along your own Bible and follow along there if you choose.
Our worship services always have one major theme. The sermon, hymns, prayers and music all revolve around the Scripture readings for that week. You might also notice that we do a lot of singing in our services, as music is an important part of our services. Loud or soft, in chant or rich harmony, all our music seeks to glorify God and focus our hearts on the wonderful truths that he reveals to us in his Word.
Our services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
The Invocation - We call on the name of our Savior God as we praise him.
Confession and Absolution - We acknowledge that we have not always done what God asks. Then we are assured of forgiveness because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
Bible Readings - We hear selections from God's Old Testament prophets, Jesus' apostles, and from Jesus himself in the Gospels. The pastor also gives a brief explanation of each reading.
Sermon - Our pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a Bible-based sermon. We hear how we can expect God's guidance and grace for dealing with problems, as well as the promise of eternal life in heaven through Jesus.
Response to the Word - We respond with offerings, hymns, and prayers for the things God has promised to us and for strength to do what he has asked.
Parting blessing - We hear one last assurance of God's care.
We hope that you will find that the traditional elements of our worship bring us the best from God's Church throughout the ages, while the contemporary elements bring God's promises and his will into sharp focus for our daily lives. We try to use the best of all forms of worship but are always sure to keep our focus on the good news about our Savior.