Church can be an intimidating place to visit — especially if you don’t know what to expect! At St. Paul's we love visitors and want you to feel at home. In Lutheran worship we believe that we do not come to worship to give to God, but to receive from Him the free gift of grace, and respond with prayer and praise. We would love for you to join us to receive these gifts and experience "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7). Below is a brief explanation of our worship service.
St. Paul's is a liturgical church- there is an order to our worship, called the "Divine Service". This order of service is not unique to Lutherans; we did not invent it. It is the ancient form of worship that has been developed among Christians around the world since the New Testament era. It is based exclusively on Scripture and is focused completely on Jesus Christ and His saving grace on the cross. At St. Paul's, we use a combination of liturgies that have been used for centuries and modern liturgies, but the elements and emphasis are the same.
- The order of worship is based exclusively on Scripture and is focused completely on Jesus Christ.
- Through the Word and Sacraments, God speaks to us.
- We choose hymns and songs, both traditional and modern, that are doctrinally sound and theologically significant.
For a more detailed explanation of Lutheran views on Holy Communion (also called The Sacramento of the Altar or The Lord's Supper), click here.