Worship Every Sunday at 10:30 am with coffee and conversation following
Wednesday Worship during Advent and Lent at 7 pm.
What is “worship”? Often we use the word “worship” to mean something we do to honor God. Because of this misunderstanding, many people believe that a church service is what we do for God. The word “worship” comes from the root words “worth” and “ship.” These two words describe God rather than the ones praising Him. These words describe a God who is worthy of being honored and adored because of His love for us. God gives us His love through His Word and Sacraments.
So then our worship service is not focused on what we are doing for God, but who God is and what He does for us in the ways He has promised: His Word and Sacraments. That’s why Lutherans call it Divine Service. God is serving us! What a wonderful God we have!
Why do we worship on Sunday? Do you remember on what day Jesus rose from the dead? On what day did Jesus appear to His disciples on the road to Emmaus? If you guessed Sunday, you are right! The Early Church gathered on Sunday because it directed our attention to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
When did Christians begin gathering together for worship on Sundays? We know from the Bible that during Paul’s lifetime Christians met on Sunday to hear God’s Word and celebrate Holy Communion (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2). Though Christians in different regions of the world sometimes worshipped on different days, by A.D. 325 most Christians worshipped on Sunday because they considered it “the Lord’s Day.”
What is the “church”? When someone says the word “church,” we usually think of a place people go to worship. As Lutherans we believe that the church is the “assembly of all the believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the Holy Sacraments are administered according to the Gospel.” The church is so much more than a building! The building is simply a place where God is present with and among His Church. We know that our Lord has promised to come to us in His Sacraments.