Divine Service

crossOur Savior’s is a liturgical church. What that means is that in our services, church year calendar, ritual action, and music style we emphasize Christ coming to us with His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. The divine service – God serving us His gifts – is reverent as well as relevant because it delivers the gifts of God to the people of God throughout the ages through faith created and strengthened by the gospel. The style of our worship is both “traditional” and “contemporary” because liturgical worship combines the best of appropriate visual and musical arts from the past and the present. We use Lutheran Service Book as our hymnal. The preface to Holy Communion – words which have been a part of Christian worship since the earliest days of the Church – sums up well our response to what God gives in the divine service: “Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You….”

 

Van Eyck 1432

Van Eyck 1432

The worship and divine service of the gospel is to receive from God gifts.
– The Defense of the Augsburg Confession III:188