What is the Worship Service Like?
Worship is a rather traditional Lutheran liturgical service following the church year. Our worship is designed to be participatory.

The early or quiet service contains no music.

The format is four-fold.

Gathering - We open with announcements, the sharing of the Peace of the Lord, prelude (at the later service) confession and forgiveness of sins, hymn, greeting, hymn of praise and prayer of the day.

Word - Here we hear readings from the scriptures usually according to the Revised Common Lectionary shared among a variety of churches. These readings include a lesson from the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, a Psalm which may be sung or read responsively, a reading from one of the letters of the New Testament and a gospel lesson. The children's sermon and adult sermon follow a hymn. Either the Apostles' or Nicene Creed may be said. Then, the prayers of the church are offered.
Meal - In the seasons of Advent - Christmas, Easter, and all festival Sundays Holy Communion is celebrated at both worship services. At other times of the year we commune at 10:45 on the first and third Sundays of the month and at 8:30 on the second and fourth Sundays. Anyone who has received communion in another church is welcome to the Lord's table at Memorial. Children who have not yet received their first communion are invited to come forward to receive a blessing. We receive the bread and the wine (or grape juice) at the altar rail. Lutherans believe that Christ is truly present in the bread and the wine, His body and blood.

Sending - With a hymn, a blessing and the words "Go in peace. Serve the Lord." We are dismissed to continue our worship and service in the world.