The Parts of the Liturgy

  The Parts of the Liturgy  

What are the parts of the liturgy?

The worship service begins “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These are the same words spoken at your baptism. They are a reminder that we enter God’s presence to worship him because we were made his children through baptism.

Confession and Absolution
In most of our worship services we humbly confess our sins to God and then gladly hear his proclamation through the pastor that all of our sins have been forgiven.  Confession and Absolutoin are included in most of our services because God desires that we daily confess our sins in sincerity of heart and upon doing so rejoice in the peace that forgiveness grants in Christ's name. 

Song of Praise
In response to the forgiveness given so freely to us, we join our voices in a song of praise to God.

Prayer of the Day
We pray a prayer that fits with the theme of the day. 

First Lesson
The first lesson is usually taken from the Old Testament. Many times we will hear about a prophecy that was fulfilled by Christ in the Gospel lesson for the day.

Psalm of the Day
For 3,000 years believers have worshiped God by singing and reciting psalms.

Second Lesson
The second lesson is usually taken from the Epistles—the part of the New Testament after the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Epistle means "letter."  Usually the Epistle lesson is one of the letters written by St. Paul, Peter or John. Typically they apply God’s Word specifically to the believer’s life.

Verse of the Day
A short song of praise to God, based on the theme of the day, that thanks God for and prepares us to hear the Gospel lesson.

The Gospel
The entire service revolves around the Gospel lesson. We stand to hear the words of Christ our King, just like people stood in the presence of royalty in ancient times.

The pastor preaches a message usually based on one of the lessons or the gospel for the day. The sermon teaches how God's Word applies to our Christian life.

Confession of Faith
After the sermon we proclaim what we believe—what the Christian Church has always believed. To do that we often use the words of the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds—both of which have been used in the Christian Church for almost two millennia.

Prayer of the Church
We join to pray to God about specific joys and troubles we experience in life.  We also pray for the Church around the world. This is followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is usually offered on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. We, united with our brothers and sisters who profess the same biblical beliefs, approach God’s altar to receive the body and blood of Christ which we receive in connection with the eating of unlevened bread and the drinking of wine for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.

We then receive the same blessing that God gave to the ancient Israelites.