What is worship?  For many American Christians, it is the prayers and praise that we offer to God.  But for us as Lutherans, this is only a part of worship.  Worship begins with God.  He first blesses us in His Word and Sacraments; then we respond with prayer and praise.  Jesus Himself says, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many”( Matthew 20:28).  Just as Jesus took the initiative to save us by giving Himself for us on the cross, so now He comes to serve us in the worship service.  In fact, we often call worship, The Divine Service, to highlight the reality that God is serving us in His holy Word and Sacraments.  So on Sunday mornings, the Triune God is present among us in The Divine Service.  Here He bless us in the preaching of His Word and the public reading of the Holy Scriptures.  He gives us forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation in Baptism, Absolution, and Communion.  Because of such abundant mercy, we respond in prayer and praise.  Since ancient times, the Church has found that the historic liturgy preserves this flow of worship.  So here at Trinity, we embrace such liturgy as Christ nourishes us by His Word and Sacraments.  We rotate through four different settings of the historic liturgy according to the seasons of the church year.  If you are not familiar with traditional Lutheran Worship, the following resources might be helpful.  Or you can simply come on a Sunday morning to discover its depth and beauty for yourself.

What is Lutheran Worship?

The Parts of the Liturgy

The Church Year

The Lectionary

Samples of Music in the Liturgy