welcome

Thanks so much for checking out our website.  Here you can find out more about experiencing the heart and core of what we do on Sunday, especially what it's like to visit Redeemer for the first time.  We hope you will learn a bit about what we do and why we do it.  However, it can't tell you everything.  The most important and worthwhile part - worshipping together, growing together, and doing life together - you'll have to experience in person.  After you have taken a look around here, we hope you can come and be a part of what's really worthwhile.

A typical service

Worship is one of the most important things Christians do.  Our service at Redeemer has one focus: our Redeemer, Jesus. Worship is centered on God coming to us with the message of the gospel: the good news about everything Jesus has done for us.   That message saves us and changes us.  We focus on the reading of his message of salvation and singing hymns full of rich content and meaning.

Each service lasts just under one hour.  A typical service which you can expect to experience every Sunday has a pattern to it to help you follow:
  1. Greeting: The pastor greets everyone and introduces the theme of the day to everyone.  
  2. Opening Hymn: We open by singing a hymn which introduces the theme of the day and sets the tone for the whole service.  All our hymns and the entire service is projected from the screen to help you follow along.
  3. Confession & Absolution of Sins: We know we can't approach God all by ourselves.  We can't appreciate Jesus and his work if we don't see our need for him.  That is why the first thing we do is confess our sins and hear the proclamation of God's forgiveness to us.  With all our sins gone and our relationship to God restored, we can joyfully stand before God at peace.
  4. Scripture Readings: Reading God's Word is one of the most essential parts of the service.  There are typically three readings, which are unified to form one central theme for the service: one from the Old Testament, one from the Epistles in the New Testament, and one from the Gospels.  The last reading from the Gospels that shows us the words and works of Jesus forms the theme for the day.
  5. Psalm of the Day: The book of Psalms in the Old Testament was the songbook of the ancient church.  Still today we sing fresh settings of these songs from the Bible which match the theme for the day.
  6. Hymn of the Day: This is the central and most important hymn.  It is typically rich in content and teaches the theme for the day which comes from the truths of the Gospel lesson.  It is sung between the Gospel lesson and the sermon.
  7. Sermon: This message by the pastor is based off of one of the Scripture readings and helps explain the theme of the day.  After hours studying the lesson in its original language (Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament), the pastor crafts a message that not only helps explain the meaning of the text but also gives us a relevant application to our lives as Christians.
  8. Offering: After hearing and being motivated by the good news of Jesus, our members gather an offering out of thankfulness.  We give of God's gifts to us so that others might hear that same life-changing message of Jesus.  We  do not compel anyone to  or expect our guests to contribute.  This service is our free gift to you.  
  9. Prayer of the Church: The Bible teaches us to pray for all kinds of people in all sorts of situations.  Here we boldly and confidently bring forth our requests, thanksgiving, and special prayers.
  10. Lord's Prayer: This simple yet profound prayer Jesus himself taught his disciples is included in every service.
  11. Blessing: This is the oldest part of the service, which has been said in worship for over 3500 years.  Ever since the Old Testament, the Lord has wanted his people to depart with the confidence that he is with us as he gives us his blessing, grace, favor, and peace.  This is the best encouragement and strength as we leave to live for him during the upcoming week.

FAQ

What should I wear?

Most wear anything from jeans & a T-shirt to business causal to something more.  Feel free to come as you are.  It doesn't matter what you're wearing.  We're just glad you're here. 


Where should I sit?

Feel free to sit anywhere you'd like and feel comfortable.  We won't make you sit up front.  Ushers can help you find an open seat, no matter when you arrive.


What about kids?

We love to have kids & young families join us!  Please don't feel bad if kids get restless.  They're kids - that's what they do.  There are books and coloring activities in the back rows, and there is a children's room downstairs as well.


What about all the singing?

The Lutheran church has treasured hymns as a memorable way to communicate the gospel message of Jesus.  It might strike you that there is more singing than you may be used to.  We know there might be a lot of new stuff.  We invite everyone to participate in singing, but feel free to sing and participate as much as you feel comfortable. 


What about the offering?

The members of Redeemer gather an offering out of thankfulness, not out of drudgery or compulsion, from the blessings God has first given to us.  This thank offering supports ministry in our city and around the world.  We don't expect guests to contribute, so please don't feel pressured to do so.


What about communion?

In order to make sure everyone receives the sacrament to their spiritual benefit and not harm, we invite members to come forward and ask guests to first talk with the pastor before joining us.


Can I stay for coffee & snacks after?

Once a month, typically on the third weekend, we have a coffee hour.  We treasure our Christian friendships and want to build community between everyone.  So yes, we'd love for you to stick around - you're not overstaying your welcome.