Worship

Summer worship schedule starts Sunday May 21st.


We worship at 5:00 pm Saturday night and 8:15 and 11:00 am Sunday mornings.  During the summer we have a Saturday night and 9:30 am Sunday service.

We use the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book, a.k.a. the “Red Hymnal”

http://www.evangelicallutheranworship.org/,

as well as With One Voice, a.k.a the “Blue Hymnal.”

All people of any age are invited to receive Holy Communion, and those who choose not to commune are invited to come forward for a blessing. After you receive the host (bread), you may either drink from the first chalice or intinct (dip) the host into the second chalice.

What can you expect when you joresizedbelltower1ain us for worship?  When you arrive an usher will give you a white stapled worship booklet to help you follow along.

We usually start with a hymn.  A lot of people arrive during that first song, so feel free to come right in if we’re singing.  Sometimes we sing modern hymns, sometimes more traditional songs.  Someone reads from the Bible and then we stand to hear the Gospel reading.  We hear a message geared toward children and another for the whole congregation (though you can decide which is which.)  We sing and pray.  There is a point when an offering plate is passed.  There is another point when folks shake each other’s hands and say “peace be with you.”

Are you a visitor?  Folks may come up and introduce themselves.  No one will ask you to stand up and introduce yourself to the congregation.  The ushers invite us row by row to kneel at the altar to receive the bread of life, the body and blood of Christ.  You can drink from the first chalice of wine or dip your bread into the second chalice.  If you want to come to the rail but do not want to receive communion, simply cross your arms across your chest and you will receive a blessing.

Children are welcome at our worship service.  The service is also broadcast in the narthex, just outside the worship space so you can continue to participate there if you need to take a break.

Please join us after the service for some coffee and treats.