First Lutheran's worship uses the traditional liturgy of the church dating back to the earliest days of the Christian church. This worship follows the classic shape of the liturgy:
While First adheres to the traditional shape of the liturgy, it also uses the finest contemporary liturgical and musical resources. Worship, while traditional, is also filled with vitality.
Included in almost every service is one of the basic historical creeds of the one holy and apostolic church. The Apostles' Creed is used most often. The Nicene Creed is used during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and festivals of the church. (More information.) The other historical creed, the Athanasian Creed, is rarely used at worship.
Lutherans celebrate two Sacraments in which Christ commands us to do them and promises to be present with us through, with, and under earthly elements.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism occurs through the words ("I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit") and the washing with water, making a person a child of God and a member of the local community and the one holy catholic and apostolic church. In the Lutheran tradition, babies and young children are often baptized, bearing astonishing witness to God's grace for all people no matter their age or intellectual capability. Babies are baptized nude (if parents wish); following baptism, they are clothed anew in baptismal garb. Babies are placed into the baptismal pool and adults stand in the water, most often wearing a white alb as water washes over them- there is lots of water! Those who wish to be baptized at First Lutheran are asked to consider their participation in the full life of the community of Christ and, in most instances, parent(s) should be members of the church so that they can keep the promises they make on behalf of the children at baptism.
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at First Lutheran. Lutherans believe that Christ is present through, with, and under the bread and wine as the words, “In the night in which he was betrayed…” are used. Worshipers receive a large piece of bread and then may either drink from the cup or dip their bread into the cup (wine or grape juice). All are welcome to receive Holy Communion, including children of any age.
To learn more about Lutheran Sacraments, click here.