St. Andrew Lutheran Church follows a specific order of service: We GATHER as God's Spirit call us together. We hear God's WORD through readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and preaching of the sermon or message. We share a MEAL at the Lord's table and we are fed and nourished. And we are SENT into the world with blessings and a commission to witness to the world.
St. Andrew uses a variety of liturgical worship formats. As a basis for worship, St. Andrew uses the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. In addition to the many settings of worship contained in this book, St. Andrew also employs "Now the Feast," composed and written by Marty Haugen, and "On the Way to Jubilee," composed and written by Pastor Michael McAllister.
Holy Communion Practices
Holy Communion, also called the Lord's Supper, is included in nearly every service. We believe our Lord, Jesus Christ is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine. Martin Luther, in his Small Catechism, assures us that in this sacrament we receive life, salvation, and the forgiveness of sins. Luther writes, "For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation." All are welcome to join us for this meal. The ushers will direct you forward.
Liturgical Seasons and Festival Sundays
The purpose of the liturgical, or church, calendar is to relive the major events of the Bible and the events in Jesus's life in real time. Over the course of three years, the Church's Bible Lectionary tells the stories from both the Old and New Testaments. The church year contains sacred times set aside every year to worship God as the Lord of Life.
- Advent and Christmas
- Lent, Palm Sunday, and The Three Days
- Trinity Sunday
- All Saints Sunday
- Christ the King Sunday