Worship is a focal point at First Lutheran Church. It is out of worship that our service flows and our spiritual lives deepen.
Our worship follows an ancient order of Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending, and is guided by a printed worship folder. It is liturgical, in that the gathered assembly is actively participating in worship (liturgy means “work of the people”). Every worship service is organized around the Scripture readings for the day, so the prayers, the music, and the sermon will all share the same theme. Our liturgy is similar to that of the Roman Catholic and Episcopal traditions. For those without liturgical experience, it is easy to follow and those around you will be happy to provide assistance. For the liturgy and the hymns, either the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) or the With One Voice (WOV) books are used. The pastor provides any additional directions, if needed.
Following the children’s message on Sundays, the children move to the lower level for an age-appropriate activity, returning to join their families for Holy Communion.
Holy Communion (the Meal) is celebrated every Sunday. Instituted by Christ before his crucifixion, this sacramental meal is open to all. Children are communed as their parents desire, often following a discussion with the child and the pastor.
Worship begins each Sunday at 9:00 am and is usually followed by a time of fellowship, when the assembly is able to share stories and get to know one another.
Worship services are also held midweek during the season of Lent; on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve. These services may follow a different liturgy from the one used on Sunday mornings.
Lay people serve as Assisting Ministers by preparing the altar, reading the lessons, distributing communion, ushering, and acolyting. These roles are performed by all ages of volunteers.