Redeemer’s Worship


SUNDAYS:
8:30 AM & 11:00 AM | SATURDAYS: 6:00 PM

Redeemer’s worship is traditional, liturgical, and dynamic! Ground in the ancient liturgy, permeated with God’s Word, themed with our Lutheran heritage, and enhanced with superb music and musical groups – what a great way to receive God’s gracious gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation in Jesus each week!

The Divine Service: An Explanation

Our worship before God is based on what He has taught us through His Word, the Bible. Since it is God who graciously gives us life and salvation, we first gladly receive from Him and then respond in prayer and praise. This is called “Divine Service” because in it God serves us His Word and Sacraments. He serves us His gifts, and we thankfully receive. Our worship stems from our faith, and speaks the words of faith given us by God.

Liturgy describes the order and structure of a church service. Our Church follows the basic liturgical orders used by the church for the last 2000 years. It has roots in Old Testament worship practices and, as illustrated by the numerous Scripture passages below, is based on the teaching and very Words of the Bible. The particular liturgy outlined below is the order of service for Holy Communion, the chief service of the Church. We may use a different setting of this basic service, but it will include these elements, though perhaps in a slightly different order.

Learn More About Lutheran Liturgy

Below you’ll find some resources that walk you through the different parts of the liturgy we use each week. Click the PDF document below to access an example of the liturgy we use at Redeemer – in this case Divine Service One. Divine Service one is located on page 27 of the PDF document, or page 151 if you are using the hymnal’s page numbers inside the PDF document. Using this example of Divine Service One, feel free to walk yourself through the liturgy using the drop down menus also located below for each part of the liturgy as you come to it. We hope these resources help you understand a little more about why we worship like we do at Redeemer and how it applies to your life!

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Invocation

Scripture

Matthew 28:19
Colossians 3:17
Matthew 18:20

Meaning

We invoke the name of the Trinity to signify our worship as Christian and to remember that we are God’s people baptized into his very name. Gathered in His name, we are sure of His presence and His blessing.

Daily Application

Beginning each day yourself with the invocation is a great reminder that your life and day are sanctified by Holy Baptism. Luther suggests this in his morning and evening prayers!

Confession
Scripture
1 John 1:8-9
Romans 3:9-12,23; 7:8-25
Psalm 51

Meaning
We cannot approach God without having our sins forgiven. He is holy and we are not. Confession assures us of a clean slate before God and prepares us for worship, hearing God’s Word, and receiving the Lord’s Supper.

Daily Application
Each day we ought to confess our sins to God and ask Him for His forgiveness.

Absolution
Scripture
Matthew 16:19
John 20:21-23

Meaning
God is gracious and merciful. He forgives us for Christ’s sake. This assures us that we can receive the rest of His gifts through the service and return thanks for those gifts, having been set free from the burden of sin.

Daily Application
Having confessed our sins each day, we can rejoice in God’s forgiveness and cleansing.

Introit/Psalm/Processional Hymn
Scripture
Psalm 100
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Psalm 40:3
Psalm 150

Meaning
Introit means to enter. Reminding us that salvation comes to us through Christ crucified, we sing the story of God’s love by singing verses from the Bible’s hymnbook, the Psalms, or a parallel hymn sounding for the theme of the day!

Daily Application
Keep your eyes fixed on the cross of Christ, and you will find strength as you live through each day.

Kyrie
Scripture
Mark 10:47-48

Meaning
Kyrie Elesion is a Greek phrase meaning Lord Have Mercy. This is an ancient part of the Christian liturgy. We have already received the mercy of God for forgiveness in Holy Absolution. Now we ask His mercy for all other things we need for a God-pleasing spiritual life.

Daily Application
Instead of taking the Lord’s name in vain, turn your times of frustration into prayer with the Kyrie.

Gloria/Hymn of Praise
Scripture
Luke 2:14
John 1:29
Revelation 5:11-14
Revelation 19:5-9

Meaning
Having just petitioned the Lord for blessings beyond the forgiveness just granted in absolution, we now praise Him as the One who can deliver those blessings, because He is the all-powerful God. His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Lamb worthy of our praise, just as the angels praised Him at His Birth.

Daily Application
Just as the angels proclaimed Christ’s birth, glorify the Lord with rejoicing as you go about your daily work!

Salutation
Scripture
2 Timothy 4:22
Ruth 2:4
Judges 6:12
Luke 1:28

Meaning
The salutation is found all through the Scriptures. The pastor stands before the congregation as Christ’s servant. As the Lord’s servant, he speaks God’s peace to the congregation. As the congregation responds with “and also with you” or “and with your spirit” they affirm his call and vocation with respect and Christian love.

Daily Application
This is an excellent greeting when you meet brothers and sisters in Christ at church or in the community.

Collect
Scripture
Jude 25

Meaning
The Collect is a short general prayer that makes a request of God based on the theme of the day. It is always a 5 part prayer: 1) The address, 2) The basis for the petition, 3) The petition, 4) The reason for the petition, and 5), The Trinitarian conclusion of the petition to God the Father, through Christ, with the Holy Spirit.

Daily Application
The five parts of the Collect are an excellent pattern for adding richness to one’s daily prayers.

Old Testament Reading
Scripture
Luke 4:17-21

Meaning
The Old Testament is the foundation for the New Testament. We read it and meditate on it just as Christ himself did. It points us to Him.

Daily Application
Always read the Old Testament in light of what we know about God from the New Testament.

Psalm/Gradual
Scripture
Ephesians 5:19
Psalm 89:1

Meaning
Gradual comes from a Latin word that means step. Historically, music may have been used as a transition to the next reading. We respond to hearing God’s Word by singing God’s Word. Psalms echo the Old Testament reading and anticipate the Gospel for the day. Graduals also highlight the season of the church year. Many of the psalms were written to be sung responsively, and so we often follow this ancient Jewish practice.

Daily Application
Every Christian should seek to know the link between the testaments. Antiphons are sung responses that contextualize the psalms and help keep them in your mind throughout the week.

Epistle Reading
Scripture
Acts 2:42
Ephesians 4:11
2 Timothy 3:16-17

Meaning
Acts 2 says that the early church was devoted to the teachings of the Apostles, and so is the church today by regular public readings of their epistles, or letters.

Daily Application
The weekly readings make great texts for further study or prayer.

Verse
Scripture
John 6:68

Meaning
Because we are about to hear the very words and deeds of Christ, the congregation acknowledges the Lord’s presence in their midst through His Gospel by standing and singing Alleluia, which means Praise The Lord!

Daily Application
Praise the Lord for He alone has the words of eternal life. When tempted, remember to trust in Christ above all things.

Gospel Reading
Scripture
John 6:63
John 20:30-31

Meaning
The third reading of the day comes from the life and teachings of Christ. It establishes the theme for the day and is usually noticeable in the prayers, sermon, and other parts of the service that are “proper” or specific to this particular Sunday.

Daily Application
Discuss the readings with your family around the lunch or dinner table after Church each Sunday!

Sermon
Scripture
1 Corinthians 1:23
2 Timothy 4:1-2

Meaning
As the prophets, apostles and even Jesus Himself did, the pastor speaks on behalf of God, bringing His Word to shepherd His people. Sermons are always Christ-centered (cross and tomb focused), and proclaim both God’s Law to us, and His Gospel (Good News), especially His Good News for us in Jesus Christ.

Daily Application
Further exploration of the sermon text during the week makes a great personal Bible study.

Creed
Scripture
1 Timothy 6:12
Matthew 10:32-33
Romans 10:9-10

Meaning
Upon hearing the Word preached, the congregation unites in one voice to speak a summary of the Christian faith just proclaimed. The creeds signify our allegiance to Christian doctrine and unite us with over 2000 years of Christians before us.

Daily Application
Repetition of the creed equips us for public witness by grounding our confession in the fundamentals of our faith.

Prayer of the Church
Scripture
1 Timothy 2:1-6
James 5:16

Meaning
As baptized children of God, we have a responsibility to pray not only for ourselves, but also for the world. As instructed by the Word, we pray that earthly rulers would keep the peace that we might worship God in quietude.

Daily Application
The wide variety of needs prayed for in this prayer is a good model for our daily prayers.

Offering/Offertory
Scripture
Psalm 116 12-14; 17-19

Meaning
We receive so many bountiful gifts from God that we are glad to give back to Him. Psalm 116 teaches that the highest offering is to simply receive in faith the cup of salvation, especially as we look forward to the Lord’s Supper.

Daily Application
Our offerings can lift out daily work out of the routine if we see it as opportunity to take the gifts God has given to us, and return them to the Lord for his continued work in this world through us, His Church.

Preface/Proper Preface
Scripture
2 Timothy 4:22
Colossians 3:1
Psalm 136

Meaning
First recorded in AD 220 and probably dating much earlier, this dialog and prayer begins the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper. Each season has its own unique text.

Daily Application
The gift of the Lord’s Supper is worthy of our thanks each day.

Sanctus
Scripture
Isaiah 6:3
Matthew 21:9

Meaning
Sanctus means holy. The body and bloody of our Lord are present in this Sacrament, and so we use the words of the angels from Isaiah 6 to acknowledge the holy presence of God in this meal!

Daily Application
Discuss the readings with your family around the lunch or dinner table after Church each Sunday!

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Scripture
Luke 24:30

Meaning
As the testaments are linked to Christ in the Service of the Word, so do we remember and give thanks for salvation history in the Church’s table prayer.

Daily Application
Daily the baptized people of God pray over their own tables for God’s blessings on the bountiful goodness he gives each of us. Most especially in the Lord’s Supper, we give thanks for Christ who died for us.

Lord's Prayer
Scripture
Matthew 6:9-13

Meaning
The Lord’s Prayer, given by Christ Himself in Matthew and Luke, is wonderfully appropriate as we approach His supper.

Daily Application
The Lord’s prayer is both a prayer to pray and a model for all our prayers.

Words of Institution/Consecration
Scripture
Matthew 26:26-28
Mark 14:22-24
Luke 22:19-20
1 Corinthians 11:23-35

Meaning
The words of our Lord bestow exactly what they say. In the words of consecration/institution the Lord’s Word delivers His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins.

Daily Application
Though we are blessed with many good foods, no other meal gives the body and blood of Christ to sinners.

The Peace
Scripture
John 20:19-20,26; 14:27

Meaning
The resurrected Lord calmed the fears of the disciples with His peace. The resurrected Lord is present in the Supper, and so the pastor speaks peace to us on His behalf. Not a peace from mere turmoil, but a completeness of body and soul, the peace that comes by being made right with God, a peace of being made new, being made whole in and through Christ.

Daily Application
During stressful times, remember the peace of Christ that you received on Sunday in His Supper and by His Word.

Agnus Dei
Scripture
John 1:29

Meaning
Agnus Dei means Lamb of God, and reminds us that Jesus is the Lamb of God, sacrificed for our forgiveness.

Daily Application
O Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace. What a great prayer for us in times of tribulation and distress! What blessed assurance we have that this is true, and it is done, and it is ours.

Nunc Dimittis
Scripture
Luke 2:29-32

Meaning
The Nunc Dimittis is named after its first words in Latin, meaning Now You Dismiss.

Daily Application
Daily we remember His blessings. In our words and deeds we depart in peace and tell what He has done.

Post-Communion Collect
Scripture
Psalm 136
Psalm 118

Meaning
Having received forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, we thank the Lord for His gifts and pray that He will grant us faith to use them in love toward our neighbor.

Daily Application
Daily we remember His blessings. In our words and deeds we depart in peace and tell what He has done.

Benediction
Scripture
Numbers 6:22-27

Meaning
In Numbers 6 God tells Aaron to put His name on the people of God with these words. As we began the service with the Lord’s name, so we are sent out in His name and with His peace.

Daily Application
Live each day with confidence, knowing that you have the Lord’s blessing and presence with you.