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What we Practice

Worship

Worship at Living Word is a joy-filled time spent together. We receive God’s gifts of grace and respond with thanksgiving and praise to God, and encouragement to one another. The format for our Sunday Service includes a variety of liturgical settings with creative touches added to highlight the theme of the day that is proclaimed from the Scripture readings of the day. Music plays a very big part of the Sunday service with hymns and songs from the hymnal and other contemporary sources. Accompaniment includes organ and piano every Sunday with occasional instrumental additions, including wind instruments, acoustic guitar, and percussion. Special music accompanies almost every service with adult choir, hand bell choir, and children’s choir each participating at least once a month during the school year. Soloists and small ensembles also take part, usually when the choirs are not participating. The Sunday morning service is at 10:00 AM with the Lord’s Supper celebrated at every Sunday Service.

Wednesday Evening Services from September through April are at 7:00 PM. These services focus on teaching the truths of our faith as outlined in our Small Catechism. The format is less formal. Music is accompanied by guitar or piano. Communion will be offered once a month at these services on the third Wednesday of the month. Wednesday Services during Advent and Lent are a little more formal focusing on themes that relate to those two seasons.

Communion

Our communion practice centers around believing the words of Jesus about this sacrament. Jesus said, “Take eat; this (bread) is my body given for you” and “Drink of it all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-25) We believe that we receive the very body and blood of Jesus, with the bread and wine, given and shed for us for the forgiveness of sins. As we receive this body and blood with the bread and wine, we receive forgiveness of sins. “He who believes these words, has exactly what they say: ‘forgiveness of sins.’” (Small Catechism)

  1. Corinthians 11:28 instructs us to examine ourselves before receiving Communion. Questions for self-examination before communion should include:
  2. Am I a baptized Christian?
  3. Do I believe that I am a sinner?
  4. Do I believe that Jesus died to save me from my sins?
  5. Do I believe Jesus’ Words concerning this sacrament (as stated above)?
We ask that children under the age of 8th Grade and those who believe differently about the sacrament come to the altar rail for a blessing instead of the sacrament.

Baptism

Scripture and our Lutheran Confessions call Baptism a second birth, the creation of a brand-new life begun in Christ, and reaching its fullness on the day of resurrection. By preparing to bring your child to be baptized you are taking the most important step in raising your child in the Christian faith. Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God's command and combined with God's Word.

Pastor performs baptisms for both members and non-members. Non-members are asked to meet with a pastor before the baptism takes place. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please [Click Here].