People often think that worship is about what we do for or toward God. The reality is quite different. True worship always begins with what God does for us. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The Athanasian Creed teaches us that true Christian worship can be recognized in two ways. First, we worship the God Who reveals Himself as Triune, that is, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The second way we recognize Christian worship is that it is centered on Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God. Our worship is “divine” because it is Christ-centered. In the Divine Service, God is providing for us. In the reading, the preaching, and the proclamation of His Word and in His Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, God comes to us. In worship, God gives His grace and then we respond with thanks and praise.
The Lutheran Church has retained a historic order for the Divine Service. We follow this order not because we believe it is the only right way but because we believe this ancient pattern of worship most clearly and beautifully serves the purpose of the Divine Service, which is to deliver the gracious gifts of God. The Divine Service uses two distinct elements that create a framework for our worship each time we gather together. Those parts of the liturgy that do not change each week are called the Ordinary because they are ordinarily present each week in the Divine Service. The Ordinary reflects the changeless and timeless texts of the liturgy, some of which has been in continuous use for 1800 years. The second element of our worship consists of the changeable texts, known as the Propers. The Propers bring variety as they follow the seasons of the Church Year and the associated Scripture readings. The Propers carry the message or theme for the day, which is often taken from the Holy Gospel.
The Divine Service with Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday consistent with the pattern of the early church (Acts 2:42). Living Faith also gathers publicly for prayer every Wednesday morning using the Order of Matins at 9 A.M.
We also offer Advent and Lenten services on Wednesday nights at 7:00 P.M. in their seasons. There is also always worship on Christmas Eve with the Children's worship at 7:00 P.M. and Service of Lessons and Carols 10:30 P.M., Christmas Day (December 25th) at 10:15 A.M., Epiphany Day (January 6th) at 7:00 P.M., Ash Wednesday at 7:00 P.M., Holy Thursday at 7:00 P.M., Good Friday (the Chief Service at noon and Tenebrae at 7 P.M.), Holy Saturday (the Easter Vigil which begins at sundown), the Resurrection of our Lord (at 7:30 A.M. and 10:15 A.M.), Ascension Day (the 40th day after Easter) at 7:00 P.M., and Pentecost Eve at 7:00 P.M.