Worship Service Primer

Sometimes its good to know what to expect when attending a church for the first time. This page will help familiarize you with what our common practices are.  Please visit our Worship Page for an overview.

Ushers play an important role in helping you worship with us at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Finding a Seat is easy in our recently expanded sanctuary.  If it happens that a long time member approaches your seat with a stare that clearly communicates, “You are sitting in my spot,”  simply refer them to page 30 of the “The Lutheran Handbook”(Augburg Fortress) that covers “How to Respond When Someone Sits in Your Pew.”  You never know, you might just get asked out for brunch.  Seriously, there are no “reserved” seats  except when designated for special worship observances such as confirmation, first communion, etc.

Preparing for Worship

Order of Worship and Liturgies Several different liturgies are used for worship at Messiah throughout the year.  The Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW in the bulletin) is dark green and hard-bound. The blue, soft-bound, “With One Voice” (WOV) worship book is the other.  Both books are  found on the back of the pew in front of you.  Bibles are located along the lower ledge. Other liturgies are also frequently used and will be handed out by ushers.

Worship Service Tips: 

Lords Supper / Communion

Ushers will prompt your row when it’s time to approach the communion rail.  Simply approach up the center aisle.  Fill the communion railing on your side of the church, from the left post to the right post.  Hint regardless of what side you sit on, everyone in front of you in line should be to your right, everyone behind should be on your left.  After you have received the sacraments and when you are ready simply stand and return to your pews via the outide aisles on your side of the church. Here a basic diagram showing how you fill in the rails from right to left depending up which side of the church you sit on.

Attending a Lutheran Service



Pass the Peace!