The highest worship of God is faith in His Son Jesus Christ. Why? Faith and faith alone lets God be God. Faith alone allows God to give us that which He wishes to give to us: The forgiveness of sin, life and salvation.
So how is faith created? Through the simple, humble forms of the Gospel: The Word of God, the waters of baptism, and the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper.
True Christian worship has always been centered around these simple, humble forms.
These simple, humble forms of the Gospel bring to us weekly our simple and humble Savior, Jesus Christ, creating and strengthening faith. We respond with simple and humble thanksgiving, prayer and praise.
And He, by His Spirit, empowers us to live simple and humble lives of loving service to our neighbor.
Lutheran Worship based upon the newly released Lutheran Service Book is held Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The sanctuary entrance is on the southeast corner of the building in front of the drive-through off Monroe Street. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated the first and third Sunday of every month. The office of Matins is utilized on fifth Sundays. Special services are held to observe the seasons of Advent and Lent.
Worship for the Deaf
Worship is held on Sunday Mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the chapel. The chapel entrance is on the northwest corner of the building.
Stained Glass in the Nave
- Over 700 years before the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the prophet Isaiah was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write specifically of the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus Himself, that He alone would be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. This window therefore depicts the baby Jesus, along with Mary His mother, and Joseph, Mary’s husband. It also contains a depiction of two tablets of stone given to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai (Ex. 31:18). For not only did the prophets like Isaiah prophesy of the Christ, but the Law also pointed the children of Israel toward their coming salvation in Him (Mt. 11:13).
- This window depicts the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan river. It is at that moment, that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove. This is none other than Spirit spoken of by Isaiah (11:2), the “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” It is the same Spirit which would be poured out upon the disciples on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), which Jesus had called the Paraclete (John 14:16, 26; 16:7), the Counselor. Being given the Holy Spirit as Counselor, Jesus would need none other. The window also features a shell, reminding us that in baptism, the Christian is also given the Holy Spirit: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying (Titus 3:5-8). It is by means of the Holy Word of God, that the Holy Spirit continues to counsel Christians today. As for the title ‘wonderful’, the works of Jesus, his healing of the sick, the lame, the deaf and dumb, even his raising of people from the dead, speak for themselves.
- In Jesus Christ God comes to man and dwells with him simply and humbly. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” we read in John 1 (14), and he dwelt among us in such a way that He did not intimidate, did not frighten, did not terrify as on Mt. Sinai (Ex. 19). In Christ, then, the Almighty God appeared to us in such a way that even children would not shy away from his presence: “Let the little children come to me,” Jesus taught, “and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14). In such a way, Christ continues to come to us, to dwell in our hearts (John 14:23; Eph. 3:17), through His simple and humble Word, which is a “lamp to [our] feet, and a light to [our] path” (Ps. 119:105).
- As almighty God, Christ also is the eternal “King who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38). As just such a King, Christ is like a father, that is “a tender, faithful, and wise trainer, guardian, and provider for His people even in eternity. He is eternal Father, as the eternal, loving King, according to the description in Psalm 72″ (Keil and Delitzsch, Vol. 7 , p. 253). How does Christ show such a paternal nature of provision for His people? He suffers and dies for the sin of the world, so that believing in Him, we ” may have life in His name” (John 20:31). Christ continues to provide for us, by coming to us simply and humbly with His body and blood, in, with and under the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper. There He cares for each of us individually, strengthening our faith, assuring us of the forgiveness of sin, life and salvation we have in Him, and granting us the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).
- Christ truly is the Prince of Peace. Those who live through faith in Him have their hearts and minds guarded by that peace (Phil. 4:7). Such peace is not a peace which can be provided by the world, but only by Christ (John 14:27). And well such peace is needed. For as Christ ascended into heaven (Acts 1), so He will return again on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead (Luke 21:25-36). We are living in the End Times. The earth is wearing out “like a garment” (Isaiah 51:6). Our lives will become only more and more troubling. Where is peace to be found? Only in Christ “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).