Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.— Psalm 100:2
Wherever God’s people gather to hear God’s Word and receive God’s love through the sacraments of holy communion and baptism there is true worship. It is not necessary that human worship traditions, for example, ceremonies, prayers, music, format, etc., should be everywhere alike. Therefore, St. Luke’s innovates within the ancient Christian worship tradition, but some elements remain consistent.
We celebrate holy communion every week at every worship service. Generally, Saturday evening worship is more traditional with hymns played on the organ. Sunday morning 8:30 services are a blend of contemporary and traditional music. Sunday late services (10:00 in the summer and 11:00 during the school year) have a praise team lead contemporary Christian songs. During the summer there is one combined service at 9:30, blending elements from the two different services.
Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in every worship service. There is a children’s message at every worship service. Worship Help Bags containing paper, pencils, and crayons are available in the narthex, as well as children’s bulletins. Our Sunday late service provides some special programming for children including a unique children’s church time during the sermon and an energetic children’s celebration during the sending song where kids are invited forward to dance and play musical instruments.
Our desire is that all worshipers feel free to express their love for God however they feel comfortable.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.— 1 Peter 2:9
We believe that we are all ministers and that the work of worship belongs to all of God’s people, not just the ones wearing robes. However God lifts up leaders to facilitate orderly worship and there are many opportunities to serve in our weekend worship services, whether leading singing, playing in the band, reading scripture, praying, or collecting offerings. Where can you serve?