What is Liturgical Worship?
Starting with our recognition that we fall short of God's will for our lives and are sinners, we make a public confession of our sins and ask God's forgiveness and mercy. The Pastor will proclaim God's forgiveness, absolving us of all our sins.
We are now prepared to hear God's Word in the "Service of the Word" Readings from Scripture include verses from both the Old and New Testaments. The Gospel reading is presented by the Pastor and completes the Scripture readings.
The congregation then affirms their belief in the faith handed down by the Apostles in the words of one of the three historic creeds of the Church (The Athanasian, Nicene, and Apostle's Creeds). By doing this, we profess the Christian faith that we have in common with the followers of Christ throughout the ages, in all the world.
The sermon follows and will present a biblical theme usually suggested by the scriptural readings. Pastor Davidenas has a personal and inspiring style that never strays from the tenets of the Apostolic Christian faith. The sermon is followed by the "Prayer of the Church" and the "Offering" On the first and third Sundays of each month the "Service of the Sacrament"is celebrated. This is also known as the "Eucharist", "Holy Communion" or the "Lords Supper In obedience to our Lord and Savior we eat the bread and drink the wine that is His body and blood. This is a sacred rite reserved for the people of God. We invite to this Holy Meal of the LORDS Supper, those who are baptized and who share our common faith in these words of Jesus, The Christ: "Take, eat! This is My Body... This is My Blood of the Covenant" (Mark 14:22, 24). Martin Luther teaches us that the "blessings" of Holy Communion to the believer are: forgiveness of sins, new life now, and salvation hereafter. Anyone wishing to receive communion who is not a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church should speak to the Pastor.
The service continues with song and prayer, ending with the Benediction:
"The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace."
Armed with God's Word and blessing, we are ready to carry God's message of love and hope to the world. Being subject to none yet servant of all.