Every Sunday, Lutherans join with other Christians around the world and through the centuries to do “worship of the people,” the liturgy. Some may think of it as a ritual. We trust you will discover that it has great meaning and depth. Following the Prelude, the liturgy has four parts: Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending.
We begin worship confessing that we are not all that and a bag of chips and ask God to forgive us. WE pray for God’s patience as we remember our baptism by making the sign of the cross.
We hear the word of God’s promise in the Scripture and in preaching. This includes the readings, the sermon, hymns, and the Apostles Creed, prayers of intercession and the passing of the peace of Christ.
In the Word read and proclaimed, God speaks to us in the word of Promise. In the Lord’s Supper it is a “visible word” of the invisible promise of which our founder, Rev. Martin Luther, speaks – God feeds us with the promise and presence of Christ Jesus. We begin with our own offerings from what God first gave us to use, money, bread and wine, praise and thanksgiving.
Our worship comes to a close. We have gathered as a body of believers, received instructions, nourished, and commissioned to be Christ’s body in the service to the world. We are now ready to go and proclaim the good news that has inspired us to authentically love all of God’s people as Jesus loves us. We pray that our expressions of love and service reflect who Jesus is in us. We give thanks that we get to come back together to celebrate freely this awesome God who loves us and forgives us, even when we mess up.