Sunday Assembly: Sunday assembly is centered around our worship service at 9:30 AM. Worship focuses on celebration, with music, ensembles, rotating liturgies, communion, children’s time, lessons, and a reflection on the lessons from scripture. Following coffee fellowship in the gathering space, we continue the morning with Sunday Learning Place for children, Adult learning, and confirmation ministry.
Worship Style: Regardless of the music we use in worship, our Sunday morning celebrations follow the general flow of the Christian liturgical tradition: starting with an opening time to prepare our hearts in confession, a call to worship, or a remembrance of baptism. Song and prayer is followed by the reading of the readings assigned for the day. After a reflection and silence for contemplation, the response to the readings is marked by the sharing of an ancient creed, offerings, and prayers. The Christian meal remembers the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. And then we take our leave with a time for benediction.
Since Easter of 2007, the congregation has been using Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship to shape its worship and hymn singing. We have used all ten settings of the liturgy as well as additional worship resources.
Approaching the Bible: Music and hymns are chosen to reflect the themes developed in the readings from the Bible. As a member congregation of the ELCA, these are assigned each Sunday by the Revised Common Lectionary. The lectionary is a set of assigned readings used by many denominations, including Lutherans, for public reading each week during worship.
Each week in worship we read one lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures, one lesson from the letters of the New Testament, and one lesson from the Gospel stories of the life of Jesus. The readings often follow a sequential pattern. Sometimes the readings reflect the season of the church year such as Easter or Christmas. Often the reading from the Hebrew Scripture and the reading from the Gospel story of the life of Jesus have a similar theme. If you are interested in learning more about how the lessons are developed, check out the lectionary material at the Library of the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University.