As Lutherans, we gather to participate in worship, to return thanks and praise for all that God has given us.
In a typical Sunday morning worship, we participate by praying, singing, reading/listening to the Bible, speaking, confessing our sins, receiving forgiveness, sharing God’s peace, giving an offering, and receiving Holy Communion.
One of the key elements in Lutheran worship is music. Sunday morning worships at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church are offered in two music styles, and both styles follow the order of worship in the ELW (Evangelical Lutheran Worship) book.
8:30am – Contemporary music
Our Praise Band is made up of talented volunteers who play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, various other instruments, and also talented singers.
The Praise Band leads the congregation in worship songs…older ones such as “Sanctuary,” “Thy Word,” and “Shout to the Lord,” as well as newer ones that are currently on Christian radio stations. And, on occasion, we even work in a few seasonal hymns special to particular days.
11:00am – Traditional music
Talented volunteers playing the piano or organ lead the singing of hymns at the Traditional worship. The Chancel Choir sings offering anthems, as well as the seasonal Chime Choir, which plays hand chimes for special music. Various other instruments and soloists also add to the musical variety. Even the traditional worship enjoys occasional contemporary style worship music.
9:30am – Summer worship
During the summer, we have a combined worship service where we mix the two different styles of worship. The combined worship service starts at the end of May and goes through the Fall.
Read more about ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) worship at https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Worship