Welcoming You Home
Our building is imposing but inside you will find a community of people who call this place their church home. Multi-generational, we worship as newborns and nonagenarians. We sing together, pray together, explore the Word of God together, and live in the mystery of a God who is in, with and under all that is.
We believe that scripture is true but not to be understood literally. We participate in an ancient form of worship that is not dull and distant but speaks to the deepest places of our hearts and connects us with Christians throughout time and space.
We believe that God does not discriminate and neither do we. All are welcome in this place we call our church home. We would be privileged to have you join us for worship on Sunday.
A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Come and see!
Worship Themes in Epiphany
A prominent image throughout the Epiphany season is a star that symbolizes the light that shines in the darkness (continuing an Advent theme) and leads us to Jesus. Stars are also universally available to be seen by everyone on earth, a reminder that Jesus came for all people regardless of place, language, culture or color.
Most of the liturgical music during Epiphany intentionally reflects the global nature of worship. The Kyrie calls us to bring mercy to the world and to work for peace and justice; the Alleluia verse is from the Caribbean, the offertory song is set to an English folk tune, the Holy, Holy, Holy is from Sweden and the post-communion canticle is from Central America. We are part of a global church and Christ came for all people. Our worship affirms this in us as we gather as one part of a worldwide communion of faithful people.
Green is the liturgical color, a hint of what is to come in early spring while we are in the throes of deep winter. The lectionary relies primarily on the Gospel of Mark this year. Mark is believed to be the earliest recorded collection of sayings and actions of Jesus. It is short, terse and imbued with a theme of secrecy – and goes to great lengths to show that the followers of Jesus do not fully understand who he is. Demons and unclean spirits recognize him and are commanded to keep his identity secret. For the writer of Mark, the sayings and actions of Jesus can only be truly understood through the lens of his death and resurrection. It seems odd that in a season of celebrating the global reach of the Gospel that secrecy is ordered by Mark. This, my friends, is the mystery and glory of the Gospel.
Come to worship each week and discover more about Jesus and about yourself as his disciple.