Our worship service follows a traditional Lutheran liturgy and cycle of the Church year (Advent through the weeks of Pentecost). Our worship style invites all to participate in faith-filled conversations with one another and with God.
Here are what you can expect during a Sunday worship:
1. The service is usually about an hour long. You might want to reserve 15-30 minutes after service for refreshments and conversation. It's a great time to learn more about First Lutheran from both the long-time members and those members who have joined recently.
2. There are typically several pieces of music played and/or sung during service. Our service begins with an organ prelude and ends with a postlude. These are both instrumental classics. Additional hymns are sung by the congregation.
3. We read from scripture at every service. These readings are based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
4. Our Pastor delivers the sermon. Our Pastor shares her rich understanding of Biblical history and scripture, challenging us to examine our thoughts, deeds, and motives, inspiring us to be more faith-centered, forgiving, and selfless, and giving us plenty to think about during the coming week.
5. Members offer each other a sign of peace right before the Offering of Gifts and Holy Communion. As people are comfortable, we greet one another with a handshake or other sign of Peace.
6. We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. All the baptized are welcome to feast in the Eucharist. You may receive only the bread or wine and still experience the full benefit of our Lord's meal. Those who do not receive bread or wine are invited to come for a blessing. Ushers will direct you to come forward at the appropriate time. Gluten-free communion wafers are available for those who have gluten allergies. Please let the Pastor know if you would like the gluten-free option when you come forward.