WORSHIP

SUNDAY WORSHIP


We will continue to have our livestreamed worship, including Holy Communion, as the primary Sunday morning worship experience going forward until COVID-19 related restrictions on gathering are lifted. Click HERE for the past and upcoming worship services on our YouTube channel. 


The livestreamed service will be a hybrid, held indoors with in-person attendance, for the near term.  Because of continuing COVID-19 restrictions in Montgomery County, masks are required whenever inside the building.



Autumn Schedule Beginning September 12th, 2021

  • 8:30 am Indoor Worship with in-person attendance. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. No sign-up or social distancing will be required to attend in person.  This service will be live-streamed for our online audience (Available to join, restart, or stream at your convenience any time after 8:30 at our YouTube Channel).

  • 9:30 am -- Fellowship Time between services – outdoors weather permitting

  • 9:45 am -- Education Time between services – outdoors weather permitting.  In case of inclement weather, Education will be indoors, with masks required.

  • 11:00 amOutdoor Worship, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, service will be indoors, with masks required. 


The following applies to all Outdoor Worship or Education activities:

  • The parking lot or designated seating area will be marked where people may and may not sit to maintain social distancing. Please respect the cones when driving in the parking lot.  

  • Anyone toddler or above:  Please bring a mask or face shield.
     
    UPDATED MASK GUIDELINES (as of September 6, 2021):
    For outdoor events, if you are sitting with your own household or your "pod" / "posse" / "bubble" / whatever you call your group that is used to being unmasked around each other, and while you remain socially distanced from other groups, feel free to go unmasked.  But please mask up when in close proximity with others or moving around the event space. 

    For indoor events, based on Montgomery County having a substantial transmission rate for COVID-19, masks are required for all individuals inside the building, regardless of vaccination status.  This includes attending the indoor worship services at 8:30 am on Sunday (and the 11:00 am service if moved indoors because of inclement weather). The pastor and worship leaders may be unmasked while speaking (and maintaining social distancing from each other and the congregation) so they can be heard clearly, and members of the congregation may unmask briefly while partaking of Communion.  

    The building will be open (for rest room and other uses) during outdoor events. Masking up while inside is required.

    Mindful of our duty as Lutherans to care for one another, we hope that these arrangements will serve all members of our congregation and protect the most vulnerable among us. We request that if you are sick that you refrain from attending any in-person service until you feel better. (See the option to remain in your vehicle while attending an outdoor worship service below.)

  • If you can, please bring your own chairs or a blanket on which to sit.  If you cannot bring a chair, please contact the office in advance or an usher on Sunday; there will be plenty of chairs available.

  • Please remain in your vehicle if you are not feeling well, are experiencing any symptoms, or if you would like to be present but not sit outside.  The outdoor worship service will be available on FM radio (frequency will be announced at the start of the service and printed in the bulletin).  There will be reserved parking spaces for those remaining in their cars; please inform the ushers if that is what you wish to do, and you will be directed to the reserved area.

  • Please feel free to bring your own communion elements (bread and wine or grape juice for all communing members of your family or group) to the worship service, whether indoor or outdoor. If you choose not to bring your own, we will have small packages containing a wafer and grape juice available.

  • The Children's Sermon will often involve an opportunity to draw on the parking lot! Bring your own sidewalk chalk, or pick some up at church.  

  • Bulletins will be available, or you can print and bring your own (a link to the bulletin is included in our weekly email, or click HERE).  

  • Please dress for the weather if you plan to sit outside.  This includes hats and sunscreen if applicable. 

  • All Outdoor Activities are "weather permitting," meaning "not freezing, not precipitating, and neither in the forecast."  We do not anticipate freezing will be a problem for the late summer and early autumn months, but precipitation can happen anytime.  Watch the Home page, the top of this page, or our Facebook page for any weather-related changes or cancellations.  

PAST SERVICES


Lent and Easter 2021:  Our livestreamed Ash Wednesday, Lent (Sunday and Wednesday), Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services are all available HERE.  Easter Sunday is available HERE.


Did you miss our Worship Services on Christmas Eve 2020?  Or did you see them and would like to experience them again or share them with friends and family? Click on the times to see the 2:30 pm and 8:30 pm Christmas Eve services, still available on our YouTube playlist . They include the usual rich prelude of special music, the presentation of the Nativity by our kids at the early service, a sermon at the late service, holy communion as well as a special Silent Night video at both.



THIS WAS OUR SUNDAY SCHEDULE before the COVID-19 restrictions, to which we anticipate returning when they are lifted.  Our Autumn 2021 schedule represents a return to the scheduled times, with some modification to the locations.  


Worship Time - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services

Fellowship - Coffee and Conversation after the 8:30 service

Education Hour - 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Summer Worship - One service at 9:30 a.m., Fellowship following


Nursery lovingly provided for young children during worship and education time.  (Nursery not provided during COVID-19 restrictions.)


Our services include the essentials of Lutheran worship: 

  • Gathering
  • Hearing of the Word
  • Sharing of the Meal, and
  • Sending of the Disciples

We are created to praise God - and so worship is our central and fundamental practice as a congregation.  


When we worship, the Spirit is gathering us together as a church. We enter into God's time. Through the Word and Sacrament of worship, God gives us nourishment to actively engage in ministries as followers of Jesus in our day-to-day lives. 

What to expect on a Sunday Morning

At Advent, we worship in the rich tradition of the Lutheran liturgy, because the liturgy (the work of the people) invites us into the depths of God's presence  as we actively participate in responsive prayer, liturgical song, and hymns. 


The music and hymns come primarily from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), the excellent hymnal that was published by the ELCA in 2006 as part of the "Renewing Worship" process. 


We celebrate Holy Communion at each Sunday morning worship service. Pastor Mark's preaching is based on one of the morning's Bible readings, bringing to life God's Word for us here and now.


You are invited to come as you are. Some dress up, many are more casual, all are welcomed.