Sunday worship with communion is at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday.
What to expect: Our worship follows an order of service called a liturgy. Everything we do and sing is in this order of worship- so it is fairly easy to follow along. You will have clear language and signals for when to sit or stand.
You will not be asked to stand or introduce yourself, but we do ask that you fill out a white card from the pew to let us know you were here and so we can thank you for joining us.
We gather an offering during the worship, passing plates. As a visitor, we do not expect you to give, as we are here to offer you hospitality. It is our joy for our members to be responsible for our ministries, but we recognize that an offering of thanks is often something visitors wish to participate in. Feel free to place your offering either in the plate directly or in an envelope found in your pew and then the plate. We also offer digital giving and you may partake of that while the plate is being passed.
We celebrate open communion, that means that if you believe the bread and wine are signs of God’s forgiveness for your sins through Jesus Christ, you are invited to participate. While we encourage baptism first, it is not required. If you are interested in more information on Baptism or communion, we regularly schedule classes on both and would be thrilled to be part of your journey in each.
People choose not to commune for many reasons. We try to make your experience in our worship as comfortable as possible. If you choose not to commune, you are welcome to remain seated or come up and cross your arms over your chest, indicating a blessing but not communion.
About our worship style…
Lutherans follow a church year that begins the first Sunday of Advent, usually around December 1. The year is filled with special seasons and Sundays, such as the Day of Pentecost and the Season of Pentecost. It is largely broken up into 3 parts:
Advent- Christmas Seasons which prepare for and then celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; Lent-Easter Seasons which prepare for and eventually celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as our risen Savior; and finally the Season of Pentecost or “ordinary time” which runs from early summer into late fall. Learn about our schedule and these seasons and festival days below.
Special Days and Seasons of the Church Year
Advent and Christmas
As a liturgical church, Hope practices Advent, or the “wait” before Christmas when we reflect and repent, realizing that while we no longer wait for the Christ child, we do wait for the return of our Savior.
Christmas is not always a time of joy- for some it is a time when they feel more isolated or that their grief is in sharp relief against the joy of the world. For some, the holidays are not ones spent surrounded with happy family, but strife, addiction, or even solitude. The Service of the Longest Night (also known as Blue Christmas) is for those who yearn to recognize Christmas, but may struggle to feel the joy others expect. It is a service of light and hope for those who struggle in the dark moments of life.
At Hope, we pray your Christmas is spent surrounded by loved ones and joy. It is our practice to celebrate on Christmas Eve, with carols, communion, and closing in candlelight and the classic carol, Silent Night. The two services are identical, but the early one will have a children’s time.
Lent and Easter