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!
14 OCTOBER 2018 (TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)
The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark's Gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.
Music: What is This Place, ELW 524 | Jesus, Priceless Treasure, ELW 775 | When the Poor Ones, ELW 725 | The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve, ELW 551 | Special Music played by Benjamin Katz
Internal Combustion (Eye of the Needle), Jennifer Allora, 2007 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
21 OCTOBER 2018 (TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)
The Man of Sorrows, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, 1597 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
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