Our Worship Philosophy

At St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, we recognize that regular worship is an opportunity to encounter the love of Jesus Christ through the hearing of the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, and to regularly experience His gifts of the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism(s).  We view worship as an offering to God and the worship service as an opportunity for participation, and inclusion of the gifts and talents, of all the people of the congregation.  We value the use of music and congregational singing as part of the expression and inspiration of our worship.  As a liturgical church, our Lutheran tradition provides a regular prescribed “order of worship” (e.g. Confession, Forgiveness, Readings of the Word, Sermon, Holy Communion).  Gathered together in this sacred space we respectfully worship the Holy One in our midst.


Our worship time together is an opportunity to build relationships where we experience the love of God together.  Through worship our faith is strengthened, and our spirits are renewed.  We are regularly reenergized and re-empowered to go out, into the world, re-enabled to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others and lead lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness, and service.


Recognizing that Sunday worship is the primary opportunity to welcome the stranger into our midst and to join us on our journey of faith, we welcome people to “come as you are,” knowing that in the eyes of God we are all broken, sinful and in dire need of God’s supernatural grace.


Our worship is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is ordered and shaped by the Holy Scriptures.  This church confesses the Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of all. We confess the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in Jesus Christ, through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation. We confess the Gospel as the power of God to create and sustain the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church for God’s mission in the world.  We proclaim God’s saving Gospel of justification by grace for Christ’s sake through faith alone, according to the apostolic witness in the Holy Scripture, preserving and transmitting the Gospel faithfully to future generations.