Worship

Worship
    What Can I Expect at Worship at Christ Lutheran Church?
  • WORSHIP is the whole-life response of thanksgiving for what God has done for us.  It is the expression of faith in lives of thankful love where we glorify God in everything we think, say, and do. Worship is a central feature of the Christian life where Christ comes to us and serves us as he proclaims his gospel, gives us forgiveness, washes away our sins, feeds us from his altar, and blesses us with his Word. That is why our worship is known as the Divine Service. As God blesses us with his grace and gifts without stopping, we respond to him with our whole lives filled with proclamation, praise, prayer, and offerings. In addition, our worship is a primary expression of the fellowship among us which the Lord has created through Word and sacraments.

    THE FOCUS of our worship is always on Jesus Christ, our living Savior. Every time we worship we listen to and learn from his Word, the Bible. Therefore, the foundation for worship will always be God‘s Word. We offer opportunities for God’s people to hear His Word and receive His Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  We also give Christ Lutheran an opportunity to explore different worship formats as well as create more opportunities for all of God’s people to use their special gifts and talents in service to Him.

    OUT OF LOVE for God’s people, we seek to teach the congregation worshipful music.  That means we will always look at the words of a song when choosing music for the congregation. Since our foundation is God’s Word, the music we sing needs to flow from God’s Word. Worship is about communicating God’s truth and responding to that truth. We also want to choose music that will complement the words.  The setting and style of music need to complement the message that the song is giving.

    COME as you are. Jesus entered into our messy and broken world in order to save us and give us an eternal hope. We want to connect as many people to Christ as He will allow. As you come to worship at Christ Lutheran Church, you will notice people wear different types of clothing. Some come casual. Some are more formally dressed. God is interested in the heart of a person, and so are we. It is our prayer that you will find a warm, friendly welcome as we connect to Christ.

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    What Worship Opportunities are Available for Me?
  • REGULAR WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    Here is a general schedule of worship opportunities throughout the year.

    Divine Service Schedule + Sundays, 8:00am and 10:30am
    (We follow this schedule September—May.)
    The Lord’s Supper is offered the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month.
     
    Divine Service Schedule + Sundays, 8:00am and 9:30am
    (We follow this schedule June—August.)
    The Lord’s Supper is offered the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month.
     
    Divine Service Schedule + Thursdays, 6:30pm
    (We follow this schedule all year except for the seasons of Advent and Lent.)
    The Lord’s Supper is offered at these services. 

    SPECIAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    Special worship opportunities are offered throughout the year, including the following.

    School Chapel
    We offer chapel twice a month. The theme of our chapel series is “Connected to Christ by God’s Works.” During the school year the students and teachers of our school and preschool attend a chapel service at church on the following days: August 29, September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21, November 11, November 18, December 2, December 16, January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 7, April 28, May 12, and May 26. The chapel begins at 8:05am. Our pastors lead the worship, usually using a visual aid or activity to help teach the lesson. Everybody is invited. It is at this time that the students watch “Kids Connection,” a monthly video produced by the WELS.
     
    VINE Worship - April 22, 2017
    As part of the vision for our congregation's ministry, we want to offer a variety of worship opportunities. We are piloting a worship opportunity called "Vine Worship." It comes from John 15:5 where Jesus says, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If a person remains in me, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing."  This worship opportunity will begin at 5:15pm. It will incorporate a variety of musical instrumentation and teaching styles.

    Midweek Lenten Worship—March 1-April 5, 2017
    Ash Wednesday begins our Lenten journey, which is on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Beginning with that service, we will have six midweek Lenten services. They will be on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. The word lent has its origin in the same root as one of the German words for “spring,” Lenz. As nature awakens from the death of winter, so the Christian finds newness of life in Christ, rising from sin‘s death. We will have Lenten suppers prior to each service (except for March 1). During the Lenten and Holy Week season, we do not have services on Thursday evenings.
     
    Holy Week Worship—April 9-16, 2017
    Our Holy Week Services include: Palm Sunday (April 9 at 8:00 & 10:30am), Maundy Thursday (April 12 at 6:30pm), Good Friday (April 13 at 2:00pm), a different Good Friday Service at 6:30pm, Easter Sunrise Service (April 16 at 6:00am), and Easter Festival Service (April 16 at 8:00 and 10:30am). We will also serve an Easter Breakfast at 7:00 and 9:15am on Easter Sunday, April 16. Our regularly scheduled Thursday evening services begin again on April 20 at 6:30pm.
     
    Proclamation Service—April 27, 2017
    On Thursday, April 27 we will have a special service at 6:30pm.  Our youth confirmands will read essays that they have written for confirmation class.  Our Lord wants us to proclaim his Word.  This service gives an opportunity for our confirmands to share God’s Word with the congregation.

    Examination Service—April 30, 2017
    Our youth confirmands will participate in a special service on April 30 at 8:00am. This is an opportunity for the entire congregation to review the teachings of God’s Word in question / answer format. (Don’t worry. Only the confirmands will answer the questions.) We will have an opportunity for fellowship following the service.
     
    Confirmation Sunday—April 30, 2017
    On Sunday, April 30, we will also have a special service at 10:30am.  Our youth confirmands will be confirmed during that service. After a period of study in God’s Word, the youth of the congregation are invited to take a more active role in the ministry of the congregation.  Confirmation is also a recognition that an individual is able to examine himself or herself and is prepared for the Lord‘s Supper.
     
    Ascension Service—May 25, 2017
    Our Lord Jesus ascended on high where he rules over all things for the benefit of his Church.  We will celebrate this truth on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30pm.  
     
    8th Grade Graduation Service—June 1, 2017
    We give thanks to the Lord for the opportunities he gives to educate his children. After a period of teaching at Christ Lutheran School, our 8th graders will graduate.  The service will be on June 1 at 6:30pm. Our entire school children will sing for this service.

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    What Is Baptism?
  • Jesus told us, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19,20). It is in Baptism that the Lord gives to us forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation. He offers these blessings through Baptism. If you know someone (a child or an adult) who needs this precious water of life, contact one of the pastors. We are very interested in baptizing ALL PEOPLE.

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    What is the Lord's Supper?
  • The Scriptures teach us that all who join in the Sacrament of the Lord‘s Supper receive the true body and blood of Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine (1 Corinthians 10:16). This is true because, when the Lord instituted this sacrament, he said, “This is my body. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:26,28). We believe that Christ‘s words of institution cause the real presence--not any human action. As believers receive his body and blood, they also receive the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28) and the comfort and assurance that they are truly his own. God also teaches us that unbelievers also receive Christ‘s body and blood, but to their judgment (1 Corinthians 11:29).

    We practice “close communion” at Christ Lutheran. When we come to receive the Lord‘s Supper with others, we share that special moment together: one body, united in faith, believing the same truths. Communing together is a confession that we are united in faith. The apostle Paul teaches us about this unity expression in 1 Corinthians 10 and 11 (see 1 Corinthians 10:16,17).

    So, in our church, we close the Sacrament to those who do not believe the things we believe and are members of other denominations. We believe that receiving Holy Communion together is our confession of unity and a confession of our faith.

    We are happy to share what we believe with anyone who is not a member of our church. When God leads them to confess their unity of faith with us, we will eagerly and happily express our unity by coming to the Lord‘s Supper together.

    Our pastors offer the Lord’s Supper to communicant members at any time, even with private offerings.  As a congregation, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly during worship times. 

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    How Do We Serve God and People in Worship?
  • To assist the congregation in its worship, members participate in these programs and services:
     
    Ushers
    The ushers serve to assist the worshipping congregation by welcoming people to worship, distributing the service folder, directing communicants to the altar for the Lord‘s Supper, receiving the offering, maintaining the Friendship Registers, and assisting with special needs, emergencies, or matters that arise during the worship time. Ushers rotate on a five week schedule, including Thursday nights and special services. The ushering program is coordinated by the Vice-president of the congregation.
     
    Greeters
    Volunteers serve as worship greeters before and after worship. Greeters are an important “face” for the congregation to guests as well as to members. Greeters welcome worshipers with a friendly smile, make sure that worshipers obtain a service folder, and generally make worshipers feel welcome. Greeters direct guests to the welcome area of the church and make sure that information is received from guests and a gift is given to our guests. We would like all of our members to see themselves as “greeters” to others. Therefore, any member of Christ Lutheran is invited to be a greeter. 
     
    Altar Guild
    The altar guild serves to prepare, maintain, and supply the chancel and altar of the church for worship. This service group works with the pastors in vesting the altar and chancel with the appropriate seasonal paraments and altar cloths, as well as overseeing altar and chancel flower donations and other decor of the altar. They also maintain the stoles and worship vestments. The committee serves especially in the preparation and care of the Communion elements. They take soiled cloths home to wash and press.  They take care of the candles on the altar. Members work on a volunteer, rotational basis. The “working sacristy” off the chancel on the northwest side of the church is the altar guild’s workplace.
    New members of the altar committee are welcomed. All communicant members are invited to join the altar committee.  
     
    Organists and Pianists
    The congregation‘s music for worship is led by our organists and pianists. They work with our pastors in coordinating music for worship. 
     
    Christ’s Church Choir
    Martin Luther once said that one of the greatest blessing from the Lord, second to the Word of God, is the gift of music. We glorify God and serve each other through music.  Our regular church choir serves as worship leaders in our services by leading the congregation in psalms, liturgy, hymns, and anthems of proclamation, prayer, and praise. Even if you can’t read music, we invite and encourage you to join us. This year we rehearse on the first three Thursdays of each month at 7:45pm.  It is a privilege to serve our Lord and his people in this capacity.  We have a place for every voice (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).
     
    Small Group Singers
    Periodically throughout the year, we organize small group singers who cannot commit two weeks per month to the Senior Choir to participate in leading worship through song.  We would love to offer musical leadership for ALL of our services, including Thursday evenings.  We are discussing and planning an opportunity on Saturday evenings to have a service of more musical variety. 
     
    Instrumentalists
    The congregation‘s worship is edified by the gifts and talents of people who play musical instruments. We strive to use all of the gifts the Lord has given to the church for the glory of God: violin, bass, guitar, piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, and many more instruments. 
     
    Church Tech Team
    We have a service team that assists the pastors and the Board of Elders with the setup and operation of the church audio and video system. Basic experience with computer operation is needed. Training will be provided to anyone interested. Individuals help formulate, format, and operate media during worship. They give a presentation of weekly church services as well as audio / video setup and operation for special services. 
     
    Sermon / Service Recordings
    We offer printed material of sermons every week.  We also offer CDs of the sermons and services.  People are invited to sign-up for these weekly services, or they can choose which sermon or service to receive.  You can also view the videos of sermons online by clicking here
     
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    What are Christian Marriages at Christ Lutheran Church?
  • The Bible teaches that marriage was established and given by God at the time of creation. As he designed and instituted it, marriage is the life-long union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). It is a relationship that is to be honored and kept pure (Hebrews 13:4; Ephesians 5:22-33). As a man and woman promise life-long faithfulness to each other as husband and wife, God himself joins them as one. Marriage is not simply a contract between two consenting individuals, nor is it merely a creation of human society, culture, or tradition. God himself instituted marriage at the time of creation, and God himself joins a man and woman in marriage today.

    The biblical teaching on marriage emphasizes the blessings God intends to convey to those joined together in the marital relationship. Through marriage God provides partners well suited and complementary to one another. In marriage, God provides a partner who will provide encouragement and support. Marriage is also to be the God-ordained means to procreate and to establish a stable environment in which children can be nurtured both physically and spiritually. Marriage is the one context God intended for the use of the blessing of sexual intimacy, where the sexual union of one man and woman is an expression of love and oneness rather than a sinful satisfaction of lust. Finally, since we live in a fallen world, in marriage God provides a restraint for selfishness and sin as each partner strives to live the pure life that God intends for his people (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).

    This is the Bible’s teaching about the origin, definition, and nature of marriage. For that reason it is also the doctrine of Christ Lutheran Church and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Every congregation and called worker accepts the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice. That marriage is the God-ordained union of one man and one woman is the clear teaching of the Bible, and therefore is the teaching and confession of Christ Lutheran Church and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

    The policy and practice of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church is consistent with the Bible’s teachings regarding marriage. We believe that marriage is the sacred, life-long union between one man and one woman. Therefore, our pastors will not officiate in any marriage ceremony or celebration and our church sanctuary may not be used for any activities related to a marriage ceremony or celebration that is inconsistent with these beliefs.

    Our pastors are interested in building strong Christian marriages. They help a man and a woman build their Christian Marriage on the foundation of the Word of God. The Christian Marriage Worship Service is coordinated by our pastors. If you are interested in starting your Christian marriage at Christ Lutheran Church, please talk to one of the pastors.

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    What are Christian Funerals at Christ Lutheran Church?
  • When the Lord calls a loved one home to heaven, we experience a loss. Death causes separation. But Christians do not grieve like those who have no hope. When a Christian dies wearing the robe of Christ‘s righteousness (which is ours through faith in Jesus) that person goes to be with Jesus in heaven.

    Our pastors are eager for opportunities to bring the Gospel to people BEFORE they die. PLEASE CALL THEM. A Christian Funeral is a time where the Lord brings his comfort through his Word to those left in this world. A Christian Funeral is based on the sure promise of the resurrection from the dead. Even though death is sad, we find our strength in the promises and comfort from God. For more information, contact one of the pastors.

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