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About Our Worship
“You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”
Everyone is welcome to attend our worship services. We love having children in worship, but also provide a staffed nursery (at the 9:30 and 11:00 services) for children 3 and under if needed.
The weekly assembly of God’s people at St. Paul’s keeps with the rich heritage of liturgy and hymns in the Lutheran Church. Our roots date back to the early centuries of the Church and the time of the Reformation.
This does not mean, however, that we are stuck in the past. We feel the Church has a responsibility to be contemporary and relevant. We build on the traditions of the past. We seek to be a liturgical church in the best sense of that word, following the ancient liturgy with the best of contemporary settings.
The basic elements of each worship service are the Confession & Absolution, Word, Confession of Faith, Prayers, Praise (liturgical hymns and psalms), and the Sacraments. Holy Communion is celebrated every other Sunday and at all festival Sundays. Our primary resource for the worship services is the Lutheran Service Book (LSB). We make occasional use of other worship resources, drawing on other settings of the liturgy and a wide variety of hymn sources.
One may wonder what is going on as we speak and sing the liturgy. The liturgy is a vehicle or framework in which God gives us what we need, rather than what we think we need. As we worship, we find ourselves caught in a rhythm, something larger than ourselves. Such an encounter produces reverence, humility, and faith.
Much of the liturgies we speak and sing are words straight from the Bible. As we sing or say these words, the Words of God become memorized and deeply rooted in our heart and mind.
In worship, God comes to us to save and strengthen; we then respond in praise and thanksgiving. This is best exemplified by the pastor’s actions; when he faces the congregation, he is symbolizing God’s action toward us (i.e., absolution/forgiveness of our sins), but when he turns to the altar, he is symbolizing our action and response to God (i.e., singing the “Hymn of Praise” or praying).
The liturgy shapes our own personal history as we find ourselves being formed, even if out of habit, by our faithful worship. When our life on earth is about to be completed and we hover on the edge of a new heavenly life, we shall find a deep peace because of the promises of God that had been sung and heard in the countless hours of worship. Even as we are about to leave the company on earth for the company in heaven, we are comforted that our children and grandchildren will still be connected with us as we continue the worship that is done with the “angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven.”
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