worship at faith
What is worship like at Faith?
Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services here at Faith Lutheran, but as in any church you should expect to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together.
We attempt to make our worship as “user friendly” as possible. Each week the order of service is printed in the bulletin with directions to the pages in our hymnal. The lessons are printed for you to read along with the reading as well as a page of sermon notes to help you follow along as the sermon is being given.
We practice a liturgical style of worship at Faith. Christian liturgy is a formal pattern of worship that incorporates many traditions that have been in use since the founding of Christianity. A typical worship service at Faith includes the confession and absolution of sins, several readings from the Bible, a sermon focused on the redemptive work of our savior Jesus Christ, prayer, and the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
Music is also an important part of our worship. Through our singing of hymns and other songs we express our thanks to God for his wonderful salvation. These powerful hymns remind us of the many wonderful things our Savior has done for us and for our salvation. They can take some time to learn, but once you’ve learned them you’ll never forget them!
Our worship services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
The Invocation – We call on the name of our Savior Lord as we praise him with song.
The Confession of Sins – We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, and we plead for his mercy.
The Announcement of Forgiveness – The pastor announces the forgiveness of sins won for us by the perfect life and innocent sufferings and death of Jesus, our Savior.
Prayer of the Day – The Church brings her concerns and prayers to a loving Father in heaven, who has shown great mercy and promised to hear our cries for help.
Sermon – The pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a sermon, usually based on one of the three readings. Expect to hear God’s guidance for dealing with the problems of life, along with the promises of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven through Jesus.
Response to the Word – We respond with offerings and prayers for the things God has promised us and for strength to do what he has asked.
Final Blessing – We hear one last assurance of God’s guidance and love.
Throughout these different parts of our service, we praise our gracious God with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from the entire history of God’s Church. During some services, our confirmed members partake of the Lord’s Supper.
Our worship services use traditional forms, but modern language and application. This “blended” style of worship brings out the best of the traditional and the contemporary. The traditional brings us the best from God’s Church throughout the ages, while the contemporary brings God’s promises and his will into our daily lives. We hope you will enjoy both as we worship our gracious Lord together!
We also set aside time for fellowship before and after services when members can visit over coffee and snacks, as well as a Bible Hour which features Sunday School for children of all ages and a more in-depth Bible study for adults.
What should I wear? Do I have to dress up?
You might wonder how you are expected to dress at a church you’ve never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, except for simple decency and Christian humility, we don’t make any rules either. Therefore…come as you are. Church services are a special opportunity to publicly profess our faith in God and to praise and thank Him, and many of our members choose to reflect their respect and reverence in the way they dress. Alternatively, many of our members also choose to dress casually when they come to worship, so please wear whatever clothes you feel the most comfortable in.
On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for his or her Lord, the choice of dress, be it casual or more formal, is acceptable to God…and us.
What about the offering?
“When will they take the offering?” “How will it be collected?” “How much am I expected to give?” “Do they want visitors to contribute too?” These are typical worries about church offerings, but God’s Word teaches that our offerings to Him should reflect our belief that all we have is His gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God.
Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through the church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. These offerings give them the opportunity to not only show love to Christ, but also to support the work of our congregation as we bring the Good News of Christ’s love to more people.
As our guest, we will not expect you to contribute an offering, nor do we want to pressure you into doing so. You may wish to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church, but you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
Are my children welcome in church?
Absolutely! We encourage parents to attend worship services with their young children, as this instills good habits of attending worship services at an early age. But we also understand the difficulties of parenting, and we provide a closed circuit television in the fellowship hall which allows parents to watch the service should they feel that their children are disrupting worship.
What's the worse that can happen?
Attending a church for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:
“I would just die if they made me stand up and say something.”
We can assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible and at home with us. Time at church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior.
“I know my child is going to be too noisy.”
Our congregation is much like a family with infants and kids and teens and adults and elderly. It is not unusual to hear the cry of a baby mixed in with the sound of hymns or readings. If, however, at any time you feel the need, we have a closed circuit television in the fellowship hall from where you can both see and hear the service. We also have activity bags for children ages 5 and under for use during the worship service. Ask one of our ushers for one when entering the sanctuary.
“I know I will feel out of place.”
We hope this visitor’s guide has helped to ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, “I’m new here. Can you help me?” We can assure you our members are more than willing to help!
“I’m afraid I’ll say or do something wrong.”
You are not alone! All of us, at some time, have felt this way in a new situation. We hope you’ll see that the people of Faith Lutheran are ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. We do not want to throw cold water on that with a critical spirit.
“I just want to watch at first, but I know they’ll try to get me involved or sign me up for something.”
It’s unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a “membership drive” as though we were heads of cattle, isn’t it? We believe church membership should be a voluntary matter, and the most important thing of all is to trust in our Savior Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. This takes time. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement in a congregation. We believe we should respect that need.
“I don’t know that much about the Bible.”
Worship and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. Don’t forget…sometimes the wisest words to say say are, “I don’t know.”
We hope this page has answered any questions or concerns you might have had. Please use the contact form below to ask any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you!
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