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How to Worship With Us

When you arrive for worship, the usher will hand you a worship bulletin.  The bulletin contains some introductory explanations, the order of service, and announcements.  When you are seated you may look over this bulletin, greet others around you and prepare for worship.

Worship may begin with a joyful hymn, by remembering our baptisms, or with a time of standing together and remembering our humanity.  After a prayer, one or more lessons from the Bible are read.  The sermon follows.  The sermon topic is based on the readings for the day, with special emphasis on what they mean for our lives.  Another hymn is sung and the service continues with prayers and the offering.  When Holy Communion is celebrated, there are readings and songs that highlight the special meaning of this sacrament.  When you receive Holy Communion the minister will place bread in your hand, you may choose to eat the bread and then sip from the cup of wine (known as the common cup) or choose an individual small cup.  You may also dip your bread in the wine of the common cup.  If you chose the small cup, simply leave it in the basket that is nearby.  Holy Communion is offered to all baptized Christians whose practice it is to receive the sacrament.  The service ends with a blessing and a closing hymn.

Hymn singing is very important to Lutherans.  We  use a new book for worship, it is known as Evangelical Lutheran Worship, or ELW for short.  This book contains a variety of hymns and songs from many times, cultures and traditions.  The hymns we sing are chosen carefully to enrich the meaning of worship and the celebration of the season.  The hymns are sometimes printed in the bulletin, but if they are not, their numbers are.  You'll also note that the hymn numbers are posted on a board in the front of the church.

Lutherans believe in participating in worship.  On a typical Sunday, you will find many people in the congregation reading lessons, singing, greeting, serving and helping.  The ushers are there to answer any questions you have, but you are also encouraged to ask the person next to you for help if you need it.

It is our prayer that worshiping with us will be a meaningful experience for you!

Faith Lutheran Church - 155 Boyson Road, Marion, IA 52302 - 319.377.9700