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Worship

Sunday Service

8:00 AM Chapel Worship
Our weekly chapel communion service is a chance to worship in an intimate setting with about thirty others. We use a reduced liturgy, but we still have singing and special music. A wonderful way to begin a day!

10:00 AM Sanctuary Worship
Emanuel’s largest weekly eucharist service is a blend of musical styles and traditions.  Children start in worship and head to Sunday School after a children’s sermon.  Musically, the service is graced with vocal choirs, bell choirs, brass players, organ, piano, and percussion.  We use a multitude of sources for hymns and liturgical music, with the largest portion coming from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (the ELW).

Bells / choir / instruments

A fellowship time with refreshments is provided each week after each service.

Holy Communion
Holy Communion (the Eucharist) is celebrated at all Sunday morning services.

  • We trust that Christ is the host of this Holy Meal.  All who are baptized in any Christian tradition (including children of any age) are welcome to receive the bread and wine.  Please come to the Table of the Lord!
  • Two chalices are offered for intinction (dipping), one with white grape juice and a second with red wine.
  • Children are welcome to receive communion. Children not yet receiving communion are invited to come to the table for a blessing.

 

Communion and Children All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion at Emanuel.
Young and old gather together at one table.  Christ comes to us through the bread and wine just as he came to us in the waters of baptism.  In this sacrament the crucified and risen Christ is present, giving his true body and blood as food and drink.  We do not fully understand the mystery of how God uses water, bread and wine to give us grace.  We simply come trusting God’s promises.

The whole Body of Christ comes to the table to be fed and receive strength and forgiveness of sins.

In the early church a baptismal candidate communed immediately after baptism.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has restored the intent of this practice by recommending that children be communed as well as adults.  The Use and Means of Grace is a published statement from the ELCA on the practice of word and sacrament. (1997)

http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/5981/The-Use-of-the-Means-of-Grace?notFound=true

Learning about our faith is a lifelong process.

Ministry Opportunities in Worship Volunteers from the congregation participate as Greeters, Acolytes, Ushers, Worship Assistants, Lectors, Communion Assistants, Sound and Recording Techs,  Hosts of Coffee Hour, Vocal and Instrumental Musicians, and as members of the Altar Guild.