Worship at Grace
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1
What is worship like?
Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services at Grace, but as in any church you should expect to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together. We attempt to make our worship as “user friendly” as possible. Each week the order of the service is printed in the bulletin with directions to the pages in our hymnal. The lessons are also printed for you. Our worship is liturgical, which means that we have a set order of worship every week. Every Sunday we consistently focus on God’s Word and Sacrament because only through the words of Scripture and in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion does God freely offer us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. These things are the only source of our spiritual lives and spiritual growth. Music is also an important part of our worship. Through our singing of hymns and other songs we express our thanks to God for his wonderful salvation. As Lutherans we are blessed with a rich heritage of excellent hymnody called Lutheran chorales. These powerful hymns remind us of the many wonderful things our Savior has done for us and for our salvation. They take some time to learn, but once you’ve learned them you’ll never forget them! In our worship we use traditional forms along with modern language and applications. The traditional features of our worship bring us the best from God’s Church throughout the ages, while the contemporary features remind us that God’s promises of forgiveness, guidance and peace still apply to our daily lives. We pray that through our worship your faith will be strengthened in those promises!
Our worship services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
- The Invocation – We call on the name of our Savior Lord as we praise him with song.
- The Confession of Sins – We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, and we plead for his mercy.
- The Announcement of Forgiveness – The pastor announces the forgiveness of sins won for us by the perfect life and innocent sufferings and death of Jesus, our Savior.
- Prayer of the Day – The Church brings her concerns and prayers to a loving Father in heaven, who has shown great mercy and promised to hear our cries for help.
- Sermon – The pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a sermon, usually based on one of the three readings. Expect to hear God’s guidance for dealing with the problems of life, along with the promises of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven through Jesus.
- Response to the Word – We respond with offerings and prayers for the things God has promised us and for strength to do what he has asked.
- Final Blessing – We hear one last assurance of God’s guidance and love.
Throughout these different parts of our service, we praise our gracious God with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from the entire history of God’s Church. During some services, our members partake of the Lord’s Supper. Grace Lutheran Church (and all congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) practice what is called “Close Communion”. For an explanation of this practice, please contact us.
Our worship services use traditional forms, but modern language and application. This “blended” style of worship brings out the best of the traditional and the contemporary. The traditional brings us the best from God’s Church throughout the ages, while the contemporary brings God’s promises and his will into our daily lives. We hope you will enjoy both as we worship our gracious Lord together!
For more about Grace, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.