What’s a service like?
The Divine Service is where heaven meets earth and Christ desends to feed His fallen children with His life-giving Word and Sacraments (Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper). God's Church gathers to receive His gifts and praise His name. This is true in heaven, and it's true here on earth where God's children assemble in His name. Our liturgy (the order of service we do each week) follows the liturgical line of the Western Christian Church. It is a place of reverence and joy, but also humility before the God who gives so graciously. Dr. Norman Nagel described it thusly: "In Christian worship our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Saying back to him what he has said to us in His Word, we repeat what is most true and sure. Most true and sure is his name, which he put upon us with the water of our Baptism. We are his. This we acknowledge at the beginning of the Divine Service: "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Where his name is, there he is. Before him we acknowledge that we are sinners, and we plead for forgiveness. His forgiveness is given us, and we, freed and forgiven , acclaim him as our great and gracious God. The rhythm of our worship is from him to us, and then from us back to him. He gives his gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build one another up in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Finally his blessing moves us out into our calling, where his gifts have their fruition" (Lutheran Worship, p.6).
What’s the music like?
Our Lutheran hymns are accompanied by an organ, and we are very blessed with two fine organists. Lutheran hymns are Biblical, and Christ-centered. Our hymnal contains hymns that are 3000 years old, and hymns that are a decade old. Solid Christian hymnody is focused on the God who created us to live in communion with Himself; the God who redeemed us in the blood of His incarnate Son and the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us by means of His life-giving Word. In short, the music is beautiful, and serves it's God-appointed end in carrying the sacred message of Holy Scripture - Salvation by grace alone through faith alone, for Jesus' sake alone.
Can I receive Communion?
Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), but yet desire to receive this sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor. Pastor will describe the process of becoming communicant members through instruction classes. These can be quite flexible and provide those who commune the opportunity to confess before God and their new church family that they agree with what Jesus teaches is given and received at the altar, as well as their agreement with the teachings of God's Word studied together through the Small Catechism.
If you would like to receive communion in the pews, please contact an Elder before the service. Confirmed members of sister congregations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod are welcome to receive the Sacrament and are asked to let pastor know they will be joining us for the Lord's Day.
For more information on The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod beliefs on communion click here
How do people dress?
You will see people from casual dress to formal dress. Wear what you are comfortable in, only remember that here in God's house we gather to encounter the Living God who comes in grace to lift us from the mire and "set our feet upon the Rock."
Do you have a place for my kids during the service?
The Divine Service of the Church is for sinners. If your child is in the category, then your child also has a place in the Divine Service. In His Word and Sacraments our God of grace bestows forgiveness for sinners reborn in the waters of Holy Baptism and justified through faith in Jesus' blood. At Mt. Calvary, we believe the church is one body and should worship Christ together. Therefore we encourage parents to train their children to be mindful of holy things, to learn to sit quietly, learn to sing robustly (!even if off tune!), learn to pray confidently, and to participate along with the whole congregation. While this may seem to bring more noise, it really is the sound of a living future for Mt. Calvary. To help, children’s worship materials and busy bags are available from the ushers. We like your kids! That's why we operate a Lutheran Preschool that teaches the love of Christ to over 50 children Mondays-Fridays! Bring them along! The old saying goes: the family that prays together stays together. Most services pastor will have a special sermon directed especially for and with the little ones.