To worship God means to honour him in everything we are, say and do.
Worship also describes what happens when people gather together in congregations. In this worship, which is open to everyone, we meet Christ and receive his gifts of forgiveness, hope and life. Public worship is all about God serving us; God coming to us in a way that we can hear, see and taste.
God speaks through the reading of the Scriptures, the word of God. God also listens as we pray for the church, the world and each other. God feeds his gathered people, through a holy meal of bread and wine, the body and blood of Jesus. God leaves his presence with his people by blessing them and sending them on their way to be salt and light in the world (Matt 5:13-16).
The framework of worship dates back to the earliest Christians. Lutherans share this heritage of worship with other Christians as a symbol of unity with them through baptism. Lutherans love singing hymns and songs as a way of praising God and encouraging one another. Through these songs we proclaim God’s word and his goodness with our own lips.
Lutherans believe that worship isn’t so much about what we do, but about what God does for us.
Worship services at Emmanuel are informal and contemporary. Modern Christian songs are generally used for praise and worship with traditional hymns included at times. Flexible service orders include Bible readings, a message, a statement of faith, confession and absolution, Holy Communion, general prayers and the Lord’s Prayer. Through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, worship services at Emmanuel are planned around a theme, and often make use of other elements such as dramas, videos, activities within the service, etc. to convey the Gospel message.