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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.
Does Ascension of Christ offer contemporary worship? Does Ascension of Christ have traditional services?
Worship at Ascension is both – and neither. Like many congregations, Ascension seeks to unite God’s family in worship that rises above stylistic preferences. Christian worship begins with the crucified Christ, who comes to us in Word and Sacrament. He brings to the people of God forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. We in turn extol these gifts with joyful thanksgiving and praise, proclaiming the story of God’s love through His Word. This celebration is done in concert with the Church throughout the world, and finds its expression in the liturgy. Lutheran worship is traditional in that it is part of the timeless culture of the Church, and contemporary in that it effectively communicates the Gospel today.
Ascension of Christ strives to embody the heritage of the Lutheran church as “the singing church”, giving voice to the hymns and anthems which not only praise our Heavenly Father but also remind and instruct today’s Christian on the theology of Christ’s cross and the Savior’s plan for our salvation. We utilize primarily the Lutheran Service Book for our hymns and liturgy, accompanied by our Mutchler pipe organ. We also have an adult (age 13 and up) choir and a 4-octave handbell choir, as well as a brass ensemble who play for festival and special services. Everyone is welcome to sing, ring or play with us; church membership is not required; ability to read music is not required (for choir and bells). If you've never experienced the joy of praising God through music, we encourage you to give it a try. You won't be disappointed, as “When in our music God is glorified and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried: Alleluia! Alleluia!” (LSB 796). Please contact the Music Director at any time for more information.