What to Expect at Worship

Moved by God and God’s People

When people meet Jesus or encounter God in the Bible, there are all kinds of feelings and experiences – among them are excitement, confusion, joy, disbelief, hope, celebration, renewal, love, peace, discomfort, yearning, happiness. When people arrive at Grace on Sunday mornings, they might bring with them some of these feelings. Or, while they are here on Sunday mornings hearing God’s Word, offering prayers, or sharing in fellowship, some of these feelings might well up inside them. That’s what happens when people get together and God promises to show up among them. People are moved, transformed, and touched, by each other and by the God who moves through each person there gathered.

Worship Details

Sunday worship is at 9:30 am. The service follows a traditional pattern of Lutheran worship, and includes hymns, prayers, a reading from Scripture, a sermon, sharing of Holy Communion, and so forth. The traditional Lutheran liturgy (the order of service used in many Lutheran churches) embodies variety and presents congregations with options for prayers, styles, and particular rites or blessings within the service. Every congregation inhabits the traditions of the church differently, so while worship at Grace is shaped by the great traditions of the church, it might look and feel slightly different than worship at other Lutheran congregations. Worship usually lasts about an hour, though sometimes it goes about 65 or 70 minutes.

Lutherans profess a belief in the real presence of Christ in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Though we believe that God comes to us in many ways, we believe that Jesus comes to us in a particular and special way in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. All who desire to receive the presence of Christ in Holy Communion are welcome to receive the sacrament.

Let the Children Come

Children are welcome to worship. And so is children’s noise. We believe that one of the ways for children to learn how to worship is to be in worship from their earliest of days, giving praise to God through their babbling and their toddling. If any child becomes loud enough to the point of becoming a distraction, caregivers can take the child to the hallway and lounge area just out the rear of the worship area.

What Should I Wear?

You’ll see people at Grace dressed in many different ways – from the very casual to the pretty formal. You are invited to dress in such a way as to be comfortable in worship for about an hour, and afterwards in education or fellowship.

After Worship

Following worship all are invited to join us for fellowship in the Tower Rooms and education. Education ministry is held during the school year, and begins each Sunday at 10:45am.  Currently we provide education for preschool and elementary children, and for adults, every Sunday. Our Junior High Confirmation Ministry meets on most Wednesday evenings for meal and a class.