What is Christian Worship?
“Falsely are our churches accused of abolishing the Mass; for the Mass is retained among us, and celebrated with the highest reverence.”
(Augsburg Confession, article XXIV, first sentence)
The highest worship of God is the desire to receive forgiveness of sins, grace, and righteousness! In a sermon preached at the dedication of a new church, Martin Luther prayed that “nothing else may ever happen in it except that our dear Lord Himself may speak to us through His holy Word and we respond to Him through prayer and praise” (Luther’s Works 51:333).
In Christian worship we acknowledge that the Risen Christ is among His gathered guests. Through God’s Word we are called to repentance, faith, and a holy life. The Lord gives us His body and blood to eat and to drink in His Supper. We are strengthened in our faith toward God and love for one another. Having been richly served by Christ, we depart, worshipping and glorifying God and serving our neighbor.
The Divine Service is available Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., and Monday evening at 7 p.m.
Matins (Morning Prayer) is available in the Small Chapel every Wednesday at 9 a.m.
New Member Catechesis is available throughout the year for those desiring communicant membership in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod or for those simply desiring to refresh themselves in the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
Sunday School is available for the children following the Divine Service.
Catechism is offered for the young disciples of the congregation on Sunday mornings during Bible study hour with Pastor Larson (roughly ages 7-13). Those disciples, regardless of age, who know and confess the primary texts of the faith (10 Commandments, Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Words of Institution) and who desire to receive the Sacrament of the Altar are gently examined by the Pastor, absolved, and welcomed to the Lord’s Supper (Confirmed). Even after being welcomed to the Lord’s Supper the young disciples will remain in catechism through what is considered eighth grade and afterward encouraged to participate in adult Bible study as lifelong catechumens.
Bible Study is led by assisting pastors Rev. Dr. Lane & Rev. Dr. German on a variety of Biblical books and theological topics.