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The Worship Service

For a Lutheran, the worship service that takes place each week is more than a simple time of doing or offering something to God. In fact, it’s more of a conversation! How?  Because we view the service as the time where God shares His gifts with us and we respond to Him in thanksgiving and praise. His gifts to His people are His Word and Sacraments.  It is through these gifts that we are not only enabled to respond to Him during the worship service, but to carry His message beyond the church doors and into the world.
To learn more about worship, read Psalm 95:1-6,  John 4:23, and Hebrews 12:28.

The Sacrament of Baptism

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We view Baptism as a gift from God, where He claims us as His own, forgives our sins, and works faith in us by means of the Holy Spirit. Whenever we are unsure of our faith or wonder about God’s place in our lives, we can always turn to our Baptism as proof that Jesus has forgiven our sins and that He is with us now and forever.
To learn more about Baptism, read Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, and Galatians 3:27.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

This is a Sacrament that Lutherans hold dear. Through it, Christ serves His people with His true Body and Blood, fulfilling the promise that these gifts are given for the forgiveness of our sins. The Holy Spirit works through this Sacrament also, strengthening our faith for the days ahead and until we are served with this precious gift of God once again.
To learn more about Holy Communion, read Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:26 and 1 John 1:7.

Confession

Confession is a wonderful opportunity God gives to Christians. It takes place publicly and in some cases, privately. Both are opportunities to confess that we do not always do, say, or think that which our Lord commands of all people. We confess this before Him, and He tells us that our sins are forgiven because of Jesus’ self sacrifice on the cross. Public confession takes place each week during the worship service, as the congregation reads a confessional statement together. Private confession is not a requirement, but is presented as an opportunity to, if so desired, confess specific sins and be comforted with God’s forgiveness.
To learn more about confession, read 1 John, 1:8-9, Psalm 32:5 and Proverbs 28:13.