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Worship & Music

Worship stands at the center of our life of faith. In worship, God calls us together, speaks to us, feeds us, and then blesses and sends us. Worship is where we confront the places we have fallen short and celebrate the many ways that God meets us and welcomes us back in love. This is where we hear the promises of God anchored in the rhythms of liturgy, melody, and lyric. This is where Scripture startles us awake and honest preaching convicts and comforts us. This is where we name our hopes and fears in prayer and our souls are nourished with the Holy Meal.

Worship is where we stand together and name the goodness of God, which is stronger than any evil we face. This is where holy and authentic friendships encourage our journey. It is an encounter with God, who creates, redeems, and sustains us. Worship grounds us in the full story of salvation, while demonstrating practical relevance for here and now.

After we worship, we are sent into the world to live, share, and celebrate the love of God with all people. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. All are always welcome!

Sunday, 8 am

Complete with vibrant singing, traditional liturgies, preaching, Holy Communion, and a children’s message, this early service continues our strong history of Lutheran worship. Music is led by the organ and a cantor or choir. 

Sunday, 9:30 (no 11 am worship during the summer)

Contemporary music blended with liturgy sets the pace for this relaxed worship. Led by a music ensemble including piano, guitar, percussion and vocalists, this more informal worship time includes preaching, Holy Communion and a children’s message.

Music is an integral part of worship at Lord of Life, and there are opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be part of the music ministry. If you are interested in being part of any of the ensembles, contact John.

Most of our worship services involve hymns and songs ranging from ancient and traditional to contemporary and global. No matter the style, the congregation is always encouraged to participate. To sing is to pray twice! The Lutheran tradition was among the first to bring the worship experience to the whole congregation rather than a small group of clergy and choir, so it is a huge part of our heritage. Whether you’ve been singing hymns since your childhood or you’re hearing a song for the first time, don’t be afraid to sing out.

Grace Notes leads worship musically at 9:30 and 11 am. They rehearse weekly throughout the program year and sing contemporary praise songs.

The adult choir sings primarily at the 8 am worship service. They rehearse weekly at 7 pm on Tuesdays throughout the program year and learn music from traditional choral works to new anthems by current composers. 

 

The children’s choir is for Pre-K through 5th grade. They sing simple songs and begin to learn to work together to create a unified sound and eventually to sing in parts. They sing in church occasionally at the 11 am service.

 

Youth from 6th grade through high school are invited to be part of the youth praise band. They learn to lead worship through music and sing many of the same songs the adults do at 9:30 and 11 am.

Our Bell Choir meets once a week during the program year (day and time TBD) and plays every 6 – 8 weeks. If you can count to four and know the difference between your left and your right, you can ring bells!

If you can’t commit to regular weekly rehearsals and would like to sing occasionally, our voices come together throughout the year during special days like Reformation Sunday, Christmas, Easter, and any time the spirit moves us. Let us know you are interested and we will tell you when we start our more condensed practice schedule for those occasions.

Our worship is enhanced by the many talents of members of our parish and guests. If you play an instrument and would like to offer your gifts as a solo or as part of an ensemble, we would love to have you as part of our ministry occasionally or on a regular basis.

  • Swingin' Saints Big Band Free Concert

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    Monday, July 23
    7 pm
    in the Sanctuary

    Come take a break from the summer heat and enjoy some cool tunes! The Swingin' Saints Big Band will perform a free concert here at Lord of Life. Originally a part of the music ministry here at Lord of Life almost 20 years ago, the Swingin' Saints have evolved into a community group of amateur musicians. They come together in the summer to play music from the big band era at local retirement communities and churches. The band includes musicians of all skill levels and ages, having had members as young as 12 and as old as 89! We look forward to welcoming them back for some great summer fun.

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  • Altar Flowers

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    Do you have a special day you’d like to commemorate? How about a someone you’d like to honor or remember? You can sign up to provide altar flowers and have that event or person noted in the weekly announcements. The Flower Chart is on the Worship bulletin board in the hallway near the Nursery, or contact the church office. More than one individual can sign up for the same day. Cost is $35 donation. All monies go toward purchasing and sustaining fresh flowers for our worship space.

     

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  • Summer Worship Schedule

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    Through September 9
    8:00 Traditional Worship, Service Indoors
    9:30 Contemporary Worship, Service Outdoors (weather permitting)

    Summer is here and so is our summer worship schedule!  The combined 9:30 and 11 am worship services offer one contemporary service at 9:30 am led by the band in the outdoor worship space. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair or sit on one of the permanent benches as we gather under the summer sky for song, prayer, and praise. The 8 am traditional worship service continues to meet indoors.

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  • Road Trip: Summer Sermon Series 2018

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    Road trips are a blast! There’s nothing quite like loading up the vehicle with loved ones and heading out on the open road for an adventure. But road trips can be full of detours and challenges, too.

    This summer, we join Jesus on the road with his disciples. Each week, he’ll take us on a journey full of adventure, challenge, and discovery as he leads us into both familiar and uncharted territories. Let’s go!

    JUNE      3     Sabbath     Mark 2:23-3:6
        10   Naked   Mark 3:20-35
        17   New   Mark 4:26-34
        24   Storm   Mark 4:35-41
    JULY     1   Restore   Mark 5:21-43
          8   Faith   Mark 6:1-13
        15   True   Mark 6:14-29
        22   Rest   Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
        29   Feed   John 6:1-21
    AUG     5   Follow   John 6:24-35
        12   Life   John 6:35, 41-51
        19   Filled   John 6:51-58
        26   Go   John 6:56-69

     

    Make time for worship this summer. You need it. We need it, together. God meets us as we live, share, and celebrate together.

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