During the school year (the second weekend of September through the weekend before Memorial Day), worship opportunities are held weekly on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Both services follow the traditional liturgical pattern. The Saturday service is a more informal service in nature and dress.
At the 10:30 Sunday worship services, there is a staffed nursery available for children ages 4 and under. Our nursery is equipped with a parent paging system so that parents can be alerted easily if there are any problems with their child.
There is Sunday school from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. for both children and adults.
During the summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend), worship opportunities are held weekly on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. There is no Sunday School during this time. Holy Communion is served each week. The Saturday service is a more informal service in nature and dress.
At the Sunday service, there is a staffed nursery available for children ages 4 and under. Our nursery is equipped with a parent paging system so that parents can be alerted easily if there are any problems with their child.
A Note on Holy Communion
We make it a special point to make it known that Jesus Christ sets the table at Holy Communion and extends his hands to welcome all baptized Christians. All those who come from other traditions are welcome to come forward and share the meal with us. Children generally take a first communion instruction class before they commune, but they are also welcome to come forward to receive a blessing.
Notes on our Worship Style
As a member of the Lutheran church, First Lutheran church follows a liturgical pattern for all of its services. Liturgy is a word that means the work of the people and we believe strongly that the whole congregation should be involved in worship. You will find many of our liturgies come from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal and, quite often, the setting (or style of service) changes from week to week. When we sing, we sing a variety of styles of music from spirituals to traditional hymns to more modern contemporary praise and worship style music.
While we try to vary our worship experience, there are four basic elements that are a part of every service that we hold at First Lutheran. These elements are part of the order of worship that dates back to the earliest Christian communities.
- Gathering – As the people of God, we are called together in worship and prayer.
- Word – We claim that God is active amidst all of us and comes into our presence in the public reading of scripture, through the preaching of the Word, and through song.
- Meal – Having heard the Word of God and trusting in God’s promises for us, we partake of a meal together where Jesus feeds us and sustains us for our work in the world.
- Sending – As we have heard God’s Word and been fed and strengthened in the meal, we are sent forth by God’s blessing to serve the world as God calls us.