How we Worship
Our style of worship is vibrant and energetic, as well as reverent and relevant. Our worship has been described as “lively traditional,” as we enthusiastically embrace the ancient pattern of Christian liturgical worship. Yet in that historic framework, we make use of contemporary song, language and media. We are blessed with excellent musicians and choirs who lead our congregation well in our rich Lutheran musical tradition of classic hymns, new songs, as well as a global awareness of the wonderful diversity of Christian worship and song.
We also describe our worship as “gathering around the means of grace– word and sacrament.” This is a way of saying that we trust that God is genuinely present with us in the waters of the baptismal font in the very center of our new worship space; in relevant, biblical, winsome and grace-oriented preaching; and in sharing the bread and wine of Holy Communion. As this grace is freely offered by God, Resurrection celebrates Holy Communion at every Sunday worship service and everyone is welcome to share the meal with us.
Word and Sacrament Every Sunday
Each Sunday gathering throughout the year follows this basic pattern of The Service of Holy Communion that has been used by generations of Christians:
- We gather in song and prayer, confessing our need for God.
- We read the Scriptures and hear them preached a living Word for today.
- We profess our faith, pray for the world, and seal our prayers with a sign of peace.
- We gather an offering for the poor and for the mission of the Church.
- We set our table with bread and wine.
- Giving thanks, praising God, and proclaiming Jesus Christ, we eat and drink.
- We receive the blessing of God and are sent out in mission to the world.
The Table of the Lord is open to all Christians who believe that Christ is truly present in this sacrament. “In, with, and under” the signs of bread and wine are indeed the very Body and Blood of Christ, given for us.
Distribution of Holy Communion is by intinction. A piece of bread will be placed in your hand. Step to the chalice, dip the bread in the wine, and then consume them. For those unable to consume wine, grape juice is available in the tan chalice. Please follow the direction of the ushers, approaching the communion ministers from the center aisle, and returning to your seat down the side aisle. There are two stations for each side of the sanctuary, please go to whichever station is available.
As you pass the baptismal font, you are invited to dip your fingers in the water and make the sign of the cross on yourself – and in the forehead of children – as a remembrance of baptism and God’s claiming you as one of God’s own children.
All those who do not commune are invited to come forward with their hands folded to receive a blessing.
Lutheran Liturgy and the Church Year
Throughout the year, our pattern of worship is also shaped by an alternative calendar. Rather than fiscal years, Hallmark holidays or sports schedules, we mark the passage of time around the life of Christ and the life of the Church. The seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (called the Christmas Cycle) and Lent, Easter and Pentecost (called the Easter Cycle) take us through the life of Christ and are usually observed from December to Spring.
After the festival of Pentecost, which marks the Risen Christ’s fulfilled promise to send his Holy Spirit, we focus on the calling of the Church to follow the ways of Jesus in the “green, growing” season of Pentecost, through the summer and fall months.