Sunday worship is joyous praise and honor given to God with thanksgiving. It is the heart of our life together as believers.
Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Luke 24:52-53
Our worship is varied, rich in tradition yet contemporary and relevant. It is the natural response to God’s creative love and amazing grace given in Jesus Christ.
8:30 am Worship Service
This blended service is full of music led by our Contemporary Praise Band – SonLight – who bring energy and meaning to worship. We follow an abbreviated contemporary liturgy, celebrate Holy Communion every week, and follow the observances of the liturgical church year.
9:45 am Discipleship Hour
This hour between worship services is dedicated to Sunday School for the children, and study classes for the youth and adults. Classes are held in designated classrooms in the Education Building on the other side of Cuthbertson Fellowship Hall. (See CTK Floorplan)
There is always coffee and refreshments offered by the Hospitality Ministry in Cuthbertson Fellowship Hall if you want to spend this time catching up with friends and getting to know other members. Scrip gift cards are available for purchase during this time at the Scrip table in the fellowship hall.
11:00 am Worship Service
This is a traditional Lutheran liturgical worship service following one of the hymnal liturgy settings. More traditional hymns are sung and this service enjoys the musical leadership of our organ and adult Chancel Choir. Holy Communion is celebrated every week at this service.
Holy Communion, offered at both worship services, is open to all baptized Christians, regardless of your denominational background. In Holy Communion, God forgives our sins and strengthens us for holy living to renew our relationship with God and others. We believe in the “Real Presence” of Jesus in the bread and wine that we share. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Children and unbaptized adults who have not received instruction in Holy Communion may come forward, with arms crossed, to receive a blessing.
A free, staffed nursery is provided for children up to age 4 during the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services and the Discipleship Sunday School Hour. Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every Sunday. The Nursery is the first room on the right in the Education Building which is on the other side of the fellowship hall. (See CTK Floorplan)
Special Worship Services and the Liturgical Church Year
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, we gather for reflective worship on Wednesday evenings. We also gather for special worship during Holy Week and have special programming in celebration of the Christmas season.
One of the tremendous gifts of the Lutheran church is that we journey through the church year – experiencing the depth, breadth, and variety of life’s moments faced by Jesus our Lord. We wait for his arrival during Advent, experience his incarnational presence during Christmas, focus on his light in our world during Epiphany, prepare our hearts through repentance during Lent, receive his ultimate sacrifice through Holy Week, his ultimate victory at Easter, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and are challenged to on-going spiritual growth throughout the season of Pentecost.
Refer to this Liturgical Church Year & Colors for an explanation of the Lutheran church year seasons and why we celebrate them with changing the colors of the paraments and banners.