WHAT TO EXPECT
Lutheran worship is liturgical. Liturgy literally means “the work of the people,” meaning that the entire congregation participates in worship through speaking, singing, and physical movement. The liturgy is printed in the bulletin and the hymnal, and the congregation’s responses are marked with the letter “C” and printed in bold.
Lutheran worship is also sacramental. Sacraments are means of God’s grace; we believe that God comes to us in the waters of Baptism and that Christ is really present in the bread and wine during the Eucharist. We celebrate the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion) every week, and all baptized Christians are welcome to receive both the bread and wine.
Our liturgy is divided in to two parts: a Service of Word in which we hear again the story of God’s work in the world, reading from various parts of the Bible; and the Service of Table, in which we gather around the Altar to share in Holy Communion.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
Children are always welcome in our Service. Our liturgy involves a lot of movement and singing – something children take to naturally. Parents are encouraged to help their children join in the responses, sing joyfully, ask questions, and participate fully in the worship of God.
If you feel that you need to step out of the service with your child, the parlor has seating and room to move around. It’s located down the hall from the restroom.
A Word on First Communion: At Redeemer, we invite all the Baptized to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Children are welcome to receive. If, as a family, you desire for your child to go through “First Communion” instruction before they receive the Sacrament, they are still welcome to come forward for a blessing. Simply have the child cross their arms. The pastor will make the sign of the cross on the child’s forehead and pronounce God’s blessing.