Worship & Music

Worship:

Whether you are a long time believer, or have just heard of Jesus for the first time, worship is a time and place set aside to receive God’s word. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue, and helps us grow in faith.  We are then sent out into the world to serve, love, and witness.

During worship, the Good News of our resurrected Lord is proclaimed through song, scripture, sermon and prayer.  We share in the sacrament of Holy Communion each week, with bread and wine (or grape juice) being offered. All are welcome at our Lord’s table.

Healing:

Our Lord Jesus healed many as a sign of the reign of God coming near. He sent the disciples to continue the work of healing through prayer, laying on of hands, and anointing with oil.  On the fourth Sunday of the month, we include healing as a part of the regular worship service.  This is a time for prayer, the laying on of hands (a physical recalling of the promise given in baptism), and anointing with oil.  While not everyone participates in the healing aspect of the service, all are welcome to come to the altar rail during this time.

Joint Services:

Knowing that we are only a part of the wider church, we often have joint services with other congregations, sharing together the gifts that God has given us and rejoicing in the wideness of God’s love. Together as the body of Christ, we hear the Word, receive Holy Communion, and giving thanks to God.  During the summer, we worship with Augsburg and Bethany Lutheran Churches one Sunday each month.  We also have outdoor worship at Ottawa Park with Bethany Lutheran and Augsburg Lutheran in July.  At Thanksgiving we celebrate our thankfulness to God with several of our neighboring churches of many different denominations.

Jesus commanded us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

These are a few of the ways that we support the life of disciples at Reformation:

Baptisms:

Baptism is the means by which God makes us God’s sons and daughters. Through baptism we are washed and made new.  By water and the Word God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God’s mission for the life of the world (Evangelical Lutheran Worship – The Baptismal Liturgy).

Baptism is available to both adults and children who wish to commit to Jesus Christ.  Baptisms are part of the service and can be done at the Saturday evening service or Sunday mornings at the 9 AM service.

Funerals:

At the time of a person’s death, the church shares in the grief of those who mourn. At the same time, we give thanks for the promise of eternal life that was given through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. During the funeral service, we give voice to our sorrow, thank God for the time with the one we loved, and entrust the person to God. Christ crucified and risen is at the center of worship, giving hope in healing through the promise of eternal life.

Funerals often take place at the church, where we are able to celebrate the person’s life within the full extent of worship. Funeral home services are also available.  Please contact the church office, so that the funeral can be scheduled.

Weddings:

Marriage is a gift from God, intended for the joy and mutual strength of those who enter it. God has blessed humankind with gifts of companionship and the capacity to love. The Holy Spirit helps those who are united in marriage to be living signs of God’s grace, love, and faithfulness. Marriage is also a human estate, with vows publicly witnessed. The church in worship surrounds these promises with the gathering of God’s people, the witness of the word of God, and prayers of blessing and intercession (Evangelical Lutheran Worship-Marriage Liturgy).

Wedding services are held at the church.  We provide a room for the bride and her attendants, complete with mirrors and a bathroom. The groom and his attendants come to the church dressed for the wedding.

Those who wish to have the weddings at Reformation are encouraged to contact the church office to talk about available dates and times.  The sooner the better as many dates fill quickly. Each couple meets three times with the pastor.  All wedding music must be appropriate for worship and be approved by the pastor.

Eucharistic Ministers:

Our shut-ins are a very important part of our ministry.  Eucharistic ministers are individuals who take the sacrament of Holy Communion to those members who are unable to attend worship due to confinement to their home or a nursing facility.  These ministers spend time visiting our shut-ins and praying with them as well as providing communion.

Music:

In keeping with Lutheran tradition, music is a very important part of our worship.  We have a beautiful pipe organ as well as piano that are utilized during every worship service.  Reformation has many ways in which to share your musical talents.  We regularly enjoy solos, ensembles and instrumentalists as a part of our worship.  Additionally, Reformation has a wonderful choir that participates regularly.

Chancel Choir – This adult vocal choir sings at every worship service from September through May.  The choir also holds concerts that are free and open to the public at different times during the year. Choir practice is on Thursday nights from 7:30 – 8:30 beginning the week after Labor Day and continuing through the end of May or the beginning of June. Please see our “Programs and Activities” page for further information about the choir.