Worship is central to our life in God and our life together. These things we do and say turn us and center us to live a different kind of life: a life that is focused on serving God and serving neighbor.
From the ELCA: "Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world."
For those of you who might feel lost during worship or do not understand why we do what we do: do not hesitate to ask someone sitting near you or ask the pastor questions after worship.
weekly worship times
Worship with Holy Communion
Sundays + 10.30 AM
Mid-Week Holy Communion
Tuesdays + 6.15 PM
Time After Pentecost
Our sung liturgy for September, October, and part of November comes from ELW Holy Communion Setting One. This festive setting was newly published for the ELW and is comprised of movements by Mark Mummert, Thomas Pavlechko, and Robert Buckley Farlee for the hymnal. This setting is designed to be led by organ, but is also written to work very well with piano and other instruments.
When singing the Glory to God notice the sections with common melodies. It is a unique setting in that the "Holy, Holy, Holy," (Sanctus) "Lamb of God," (Agnus Dei) and "Now, Lord, You Let Your Servant Go" (Nunc Dimittis) are all based on the same melody. Each begins with a three note introduction. Interestingly, one of the composers, Mark Mummert, served UniLu as the Director of Music for a number of years. We give thanks to God for this unique and festive worship setting!
23 SEPTEMBER 2018 (EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)
Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.
Music: Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing, ELW 389 | All Are Welcome, ELW 641 | Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service, ELW 712 | O Christ, What Can it Mean for Us, ELW 441 | Choir Anthem: "Be Thou My Vision" arr. Alice Parker
Christ Blessing the Little Children, William Blake, 1799 (Tate, London)
SEASONS OF THE CHURCH YEAR 2017-2018
Dec. 3, 2017 through Dec. 24, 2017
Dec. 24, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018
Time after Epiphany
Jan. 7, 2018 through Feb. 13, 2018
Feb. 14, 2018 through Mar. 28, 2018
The Three Days of Holy Week
Mar. 29, 2018 through Mar. 31, 2018
Apr. 1, 2018 through May 20, 2018
Time after Pentecost
May 21, 2018 through Nov. 28, 2017