The Divine Service
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." (Acts 2:42)
The Divine Service lies at the heart of our mission at Ascension of Christ. In the Divine Service, Christ comes to us with His gifts offering forgiveness, reassurance, strength, and guidance through His Word and Sacraments—Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and Confession & Absolution.
We use Ascension follows the orders of service and hymns found in The Lutheran Service Book.
We follow the church year and lectionary, which identifies readings (and sermon topics) for every Sunday of the year.
Our preaching consistently emphasizes two core messages: the Law (God’s commands, which show us our sin) and the Gospel (God’s promises in Christ, which show us our Savior). Without the Law, there’s no need for a Savior. Without the Gospel, there’s no hope for salvation.
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week.
We sing hymns that reinforce our beliefs and unite us with each other and with the universal Church.
Our worship is ceremonial, a sign of reverence for Christ. Typical sights and sounds include pastors dressed in colorful vestments and chanted lines from the liturgy.
You may have noticed that the list above addresses what “we do,” but that’s not the focus of the Divine Service. The Divine Service is first and foremost about what Christ has done for us.