Philosophy of Worship
We believe it is vitally important for God’s people to gather with other Christians to worship our Savior. Because of that, we offer worship services at a variety of times, in more than one style and at two different locations.
We recognize that there is more than one way to worship the Lord and it is our desire to provide worship that is pleasing to God and beneficial for His people. The goal we have established for our public worship services can be stated this way:
That God’s people experience His gracious presence in Christ Jesus in such a way that they are moved to:
- repent of their sin
- rejoice in their salvation
- respond with a life of service
Traditional (sometimes called liturgical) Lutheran worship services are very beautiful and meaningful, following a fairly standard order every week. These are the kinds of services usually conducted in our church building on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. The hymns we sing at these services are usually quite traditional and are accompanied by the organ, and, on occasion, brass or wood-wind instruments. While not overly formal, these service are quite structured.
The Connect (contemporary) at 10:45 is held in the Worship and Event Center. It features a less formal, more contemporary style. These services feature piano, drums, guitars and other instruments, as well as vocalists who lead the singing of praise songs. The message makes use of technology to deliver ancient truths with contemporary application in a more modern format. This service is held in our school gymnasium. Seating is in the bleachers or on padded chairs.