Every Sunday here at Hope, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. That means that we begin our service in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and He comes to us as we confess to Him that we are poor miserable sinners in need of His forgiveness. As God hears our confession He reminds us that we were baptized in His name and that for the sake of His crucified and risen Son, Jesus Christ, He has, He does, and He continues to forgive us all of our sins.
As forgiven sinners, God dwells with us and speaks to us as we give thanks and praise back to Him. He speaks to us as we read His Word from Holy Scripture, He speaks to us as He proclaims Christ and Him crucified and risen from the dead for you in each and every sermon, and He speaks to us as He gives us His body and blood to eat and to drink.
Our worship is Christ-centered and cross-focused as we receive God’s gifts of forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation won for us on the cross and delivered to us in His Word and Sacraments.
Our worship comes primarily from the Lutheran Service Book as we use Divine Service settings I, III, and IV each month. While most Sunday’s we are accompanied by our organ and sing both the liturgy and hymns, about one Sunday a month, when our organists are not available, we speak the liturgy and our band leads us in a mix of hymns from the hymnal as well as a selection of contemporary songs.
Every Sunday, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, which means, every Sunday, we eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood, and by doing so, “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). Because St. Paul warns about those eating and drinking unworthily and the harmful consequences of doing so, we practice closed communion. Only members of a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod congregation, as well as churches who are in fellowship with them, are invited to join us in this meal. This isn’t to be mean or judgmental, but actually, it’s the most loving thing we can do. We want all people to believe that the Lord’s Supper is not an act of man or simply a memorial meal, but it is a free gift of God in which he gives us his Son’s body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins. When we eat this meal together, we confess the same faith together. We commune not only with God but with one another.