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In memory of Alma Rissky


The Divine Service is the center of our life together. In the Divine Service, the Lord...

  • Gathers us together in His Name
  • Hears our confession
  • Speaks His Words of forgiveness
  • Accepts our songs of praise
  • Teaches us and speaks to us in His Word
  • Hears our prayers
  • Receives our offerings
  • Feeds us with His Body and Blood
  • Blesses us on our way

The Divine Service follows the regular pattern of worship Christians have used for centuries. It connects us to members of our family of Faith who have gone before us, and members of the body of Christ around the world. The texts are drawn from Holy Scripture and set to music to reflect their beauty. We sing the great hymns of faith that have echoed through the church and we learn new songs to add our voice to this chorus of faith.

The introduction to Lutheran Worship puts it like this:

“Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise. Music is drawn into this thankfulness and praise, enlarging and elevating the adoration of God, our gracious giver.

”Saying back to Him what He has said to us, we repeat what is most true and sure. Most true and sure is His name, which He put upon us with the water of our Baptism. We are His. This we acknowledge at the beginning of the Divine Service. Where His name is, there is He. Before Him we acknowledge that we are sinners, and we plead for forgiveness. His forgiveness is given us, and we, freed and forgiven, acclaim Him as our great and gracious God as we apply to ourselves the words He has used to make Himself known to us.

”The rhythm of our worship is from Him to us, and then from us back to Him. He gives His gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build one another up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our Lord gives us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink. Finally His blessing moves us out into our calling, where His gifts have their fruition. How best to do this we may learn from His Word and from the way His Word has prompted His worship through the centuries. We are heirs of an astonishingly rich tradition. Each generation receives from those who went before and, in making that tradition of the Divine Service its own, adds what best may serve in its own day - the living heritage and something new.”

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