What is Lutheran Worship All About?
What Do We Believe?
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23a)
"There is no one righteous, not even one." (Romans 3:10)
"The wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23)
"All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:23b - 24)
"If you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)
"Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17)
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..."(Romans 1:16)
Many people believe that the most important part of worship is what human beins do for God. While praying and praising God are important aspects of our Christian faith, these things are responses to God. The most important part of worship is what God does for us.
Yes, the amazing fact is that in Christian worship, God comes to us and serves us! He speaks to us in his Word and Sacraments.
So, Lutheran worship will be focused on what God has to say to us. God convicts us of our sins, shows us our need for forgiveness through his Son Jesus Christ, and actually gives that forgiveness.
Lutheran worship, therefore, puts the spotlight not on us as human beings, but on God and his gifts of love and forgiveness. The Lutheran Church is a liturgical church. This structure helps us focus on, and to distinguish between, God's gifts to us and our response to him.
Lutherans are "liturgical." There are certain things we "just do". First time visitors will have questions about what regular attenders "do" and why the do it. That's natural and completely understandable. We don't expect visitors to know or understand everything we do. We invite you to visit Our Saviour Lutheran Church, to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to grow in faith and knowledge through the hearing of God's Word.