Worship

Easter worship - altarHeidi Stolp, Congregation Council Liaison
Pastor Rachel Langford
Alex Bean, Organist/Pianist – Composer in Residence
Bill Jones, Worship Ministry member
Heidi Stolp, Liturgical Arts
Brent Anderson, Choir Director
Kristi Wilde, Communion Set Up

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The Worship Ministry facilitates a welcoming, meaningful & faithful environment through music, prayer, and liturgy. 

We encourage lay involvement with opportunities to serve during worship as lectors, ushers, acolytes, and communion assistants.  There are also opportunities to serve with your gifts through liturgical art, choir and instrumental music.

 

What to expect during worship

At Emmaus, we are serious about our faith but we are relaxed in worship–come as you are! Whether you like to get dressed up in your Sunday best or you are at home in jeans and a T-shirt, you are welcome here.

 

Children

During worship we encourage all children to be a part of our worship services. We offer a child friendly space in the sanctuary where kids can play quietly, color, or work on crafts.

 

Music

When you worship with us you will hear and sing a wide variety of music including new and traditional hymns, Holden Evening Prayer, and Now the Feast and Celebration accompanied by our organ and piano.  Our adult choir sings each Sunday alternating worship services (September – May).

Every song we sing tells our faith story, so the more we sing the more fully we tell the story. And don’t worry if you can’t sing very well. The Bible says “make a joyful noise” not “be a perfect singer.”

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, 
      all the earth;
break forth into joyous song 
     and sing praises.
Psalm 98:4.

 

Liturgy

When you worship with us you will experience a Lutheran liturgy. (Liturgy means “work of the people.”) The form of the liturgy has been shaped over hundreds of years and by millions of Christians, and it connects us to them all as we worship. The liturgy follows these four basic elements:

Gathering
Coming together with song and prayer

Word
Hearing the Word of God in scripture and preaching, and responding to it in prayer

Meal
Sharing the holy meal of communion

Sending
Going forth to serve the Lord with a blessing and song

 

Meal

When you worship with us you will be invited to the communion table. Lutherans teach that anyone who is baptized may take communion, so you will see little children and even babies sharing in the communion meal. We welcome all people to Jesus’ table, no matter what your faith background might be.

We also welcome those with food sensitivities to the table. In addition to wine we offer grape juice.

Sometimes visitors from other faith backgrounds prefer not to take communion, which we understand. If you would prefer not to commune, you are welcome to come forward for a blessing from the Pastor  during communion time.

Do this in remembrance of me.
~Luke 22:19