Worship

Worship
St. Peter Lutheran Church conducts a worship service each Saturday at 5:00 pm in the community room here at Key to Life. While most of the people who attend are members of St.Peter, we warmly welcome visitors and guests to come, too!
 
We pray that you will come with your family and join us for worship.  We also hope the following information will help you know what to expect.
 
    What Is Worship?
  • The word “worship” is related to the word “worth.” Worship is showing how much our God is worth to us, demonstrating how highly we value him and his blessings in Jesus Christ.

    Christians worship in two ways: individually, as day by day in our thoughts, words and actions we offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices (read Romans 12:1,2); and publicly, as we gather in worship with fellow believers (read Colossians 3:16).
    Why Attend Public Worship?
  • Because of God: he desires that we show our gratitude for his blessings. (Read Luke 11:19.)

    Because of our own spiritual needs: our faith in Jesus requires nourishment to grow and thrive. At church our faith feeds on God’s word, on fellowship with other believers, on the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. (Read John 15:1-8.)

    Because of other people: our regard for Christ will encourage the faith of those around us. (Read Hebrews 10:25.)
    The Components
  • The worship service is balanced between the sacramental and the sacrificial portions.
     
    The sacramental portions concern what God does for us.  God creates and builds our faith through his Word (in the Scripture readings, the sermon, the announcement of forgiveness, the blessing at the end of the service) and sacraments (the Lord’s Supper, Baptism).

    The sacrificial portions are our response to God. They consist of hymns, prayers and offerings. You may notice that the pastor faces the congregation during the sacramental portions (speaking for God to the people) and the altar during sacrificial portions (speaking to God for the people).
     
    Children In Worship
  • Because children are important to Jesus (read Luke 18:15-17), they are also important at St. Peter and Key to Life. In fact, our pastors often have special messages in our services that are tailor made for Jesus’ little lambs. We also like to provide special “children’s bulletins”, too.
     
    Children learn to worship by being with parents, watching and imitating them. So children are welcome and expected in the service. If a child becomes noisy for a prolonged amount of time, it may be necessary to leave the service for a time. Mother and father should take turns with this responsibility so that it doesn’t become a burden for one of them.  

    Worshiping requires patience and perseverance for parents of toddlers but the effort is more than rewarded. (One pastor announced that he preferred to have children crying in church now rather than to have their parents crying in his office fifteen years from now).  
     
    The Form Of Worship
  • The Lutheran church is liturgical.  This means we follow a regular order.  The word liturgy means “work of the people.”  Our worship features participation by the congregation; it isn’t a show put on by the pastor and choir.  The worshipers speak or sing prayers, hymns and responsive readings.
     
    No particular form of worship has been commanded by God for New Testament Christians.  We’ve inherited the liturgical form from our spiritual forefathers in the Temple and synagogues (Old Testament times) and the early church (New Testament times).
     
    Many Christians have found that the liturgy adds beauty and meaning to worship, while at the same time serving to instruct the congregation in the truths of God’s Word.  The important consideration for all people is to worship “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).  That means sincerely acknowledging our sinfulness (read Luke 18:9-14) and trusting in God’s forgiveness (read Hebrews 10:19-22).
     
    At some points in the service we may be asked to stand, sit or kneel.
     
    • Standing is a posture for praising God.
    • Sitting is appropriate for receiving instruction.
    • Kneeling expresses our humility as we confess our sins, pray, or receive the Lord’s Supper.
    Should I Bring An Offering?
  • The members of St. Peter give generous and free will offerings to worship God and support the ministry of our church, school and childcare center.  While you as a visitor or guest may give a gift if you would like to, please know that we are not expecting that from you. Do whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable! 

    If you choose to give an offering, please do it motivated by God’s love for you in Jesus.
     
    Should I Take Holy Communion?
  • Lutheran Christians cherish Holy Communion (also called the Lord’s Supper) because as we eat bread and drink wine Jesus gives us his true body and blood as a personal pledge of the forgiveness of sins.  As Christians commune together, we also express our unity in faith and our agreement in God’s Word and Christ’s teachings.
     
    We don’t think it’s very loving to ask our visitors and guests to say that they agree with our stand on God’s Word before we have the opportunity to share what we believe.  In love, then, we invite the members of our church to take communion, as well as any visitors and guests who belong to another church in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
     
    Our pastor is more than willing to talk to you about God’s Word and how we can become one in our faith and stand together on Scripture. Then when we commune together it will be a true expression of unity and oneness!
     
    Preparation For Worship
  • Sometime during the week you will want to have read and thought about the Scripture readings that will be read during the service. You will also want to have prayed for the pastor, his sermon preparation and your fellow worshipers.
     
    Plan to be in church a little early. Upon being seated, pray that the service will be acceptable to God and spiritually nourishing for you. As time permits, you may find it helpful to read through the worship folder, preview the Scripture readings and hymns, note any special theme for the day, make use of prayers in the hymnal, etc.
     
    After Worship
  • Discuss with your family what you heard and did at church. Share with your family what was especially meaningful to you. During the week find opportunities to share these things with a friend or acquaintance. Take your worship folder home and keep it with your devotional materials to review. It serves as a reminder of items to pray about and activities to attend during the week.
     
    How We Dress
  • What we wear to church will be determined by our desire to show respect for God and our fellow Christians, rather than by a desire to draw attention to ourselves.  God would never want any of his children to miss worship because of inability to dress as well as some others.  (Read 1 Timothy 2:9, 10.)
     
    Some Ideas
  • For getting the most out of worship…
     
    • Jot notes on the sermon. This helps you pay attention and remember. It also enables you to write down Scripture references to look up later.
    • Pray for the pastor, organist, other worshipers, visitors.
    • Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. We can’t make others care for us, but we can care for others!
    Appreciation For Christ
  • Our thankfulness for our Savior will prompt us… 
     
    • To treasure opportunities to worship.
    • To view worship as a privilege and a necessity for ourselves, not as an optional extra.
    • To make the decision once and for all to gather regularly for public worship, rather than deciding from week to week whether we’re inclined to attend.
    • To value worship not a entertainment but as nourishment for spiritual growth, and as an opportunity to serve God and fellow worshipers.