The Divine Service
"The rhythm of our worship is from Him to us, and then from us back to Him. He gives His gifts, and together we receive and extol Him. We build each other up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our Lord gives us His body to eat and His blood to drink. Finally His blessing moves us out into our calling, where His gifts have their fruition." - Dr. Norman Nagel
At St. Paul's, our Sunday morning worship is not about what we offer to God--it is all about what God offers to us. This is why Lutherans refer to their Sunday worship as The Divine Service. Each week we gather before God as sinners to be served by Him and receive everything He promises to us: the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. He delivers these blessings through the proclamation of His Word and the administration of the Sacraments. As He gives, so we receive and respond joyfully with songs, prayers, and thanksgiving.
Our worship follows the traditional Lutheran liturgy, or order of service, and is accompanied by many hymns, both old and new. The Lord's Supper is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of each month.
What To Expect On Your Visit
All of this may sound strange to someone considering a visit to our church for the first time, but we love welcoming visitors and helping the strange become familiar to them over time. We have as many styles of clothing as we have members--everything from suits & ties to jeans & t-shirts--so wear whatever you're comfortable with. When you first walk through the front doors, you'll see the sanctuary ahead of you. Just walk on in, shake hands with our greeters, take a bulletin from our ushers, and sit wherever is most comfortable for you. We begin each service as a community by sharing news and then greeting everyone around us with a handshake and offering God's peace by saying "Peace be with you." When everyone takes their seats, we begin the Divine Service. All of the service's liturgy--the words spoken by the Pastor to the congregation and the congregation's responses--are printed in your bulletin. The day's hymns can be found in the hymnals located in each pew; the page numbers of each one are in the bulletin. If you have any trouble following along, feel free to ask your nearest neighbor; they will be happy to help you out. You can expect the service to last a little over an hour. Whether noisy or quiet, infants and children are encouraged to join us for the entire service, but there is a cry room available behind the sanctuary if parents feel their little ones are getting out-of-hand.