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How we worship

How We Worship

We value both what has been handed on to us from previous generations of Christians, as well as new resources from the current generation. So our Sunday liturgy reflects a basic pattern that Christians have followed for many centuries. 
Gathering
Word
Holy Communion
Sending
Within this pattern multiple generations of music and text interplay.   We find that over time this pattern becomes the pattern of our lives as we strive to follow Christ. We gather with others, welcoming strangers and friends alike. We welcome the Word of God to mold and shape our lives. We receive forgiveness of our sins in Holy Communion. We are sent into our daily lives, to fulfill our various vocations in ways consistent with who we are in Christ.
 
We see worship as not just entertainment; it involves the full, conscious, active
participation of the entire assembly. It addresses us as whole persons, who see, touch,
think, and feel. Art, colored vestments, movement, music: all of these and more play a
role in engaging the whole person with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Music varies from season to season. We enjoy and treasure organ music. We also use a wide variety of musical instruments – strings, flute, piano, saxophone, oboe, brass chorus, hand bells, drums and more. We treasure both older hymns and newer songs.  Choirs, as well as solo singers, play a significant role in leading our worship. 
 
While the pattern remains the same, we use a variety of musical resources such as the Lutheran Book of Worship, Lutheran Service Book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, “Now the Feast and Celebration” and “Holden Evening Prayer” by Marty Haugen, and “A New Song,” by Michael Burkhardt. 
 

For samples of sermons and music, click here

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