Every Sunday morning we meet Christ in our community as we gather to hear the ancient stories of salvation and share a simple meal of bread and wine.
8:30 am Worship
In the Chapel
Worship in the Sanctuary
Or by Zoom
Or dial 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 214 305 8217
COVID Precautions During Worship
We are grateful that most of our congregation is vaccinated and that the number of Covid-19 cases in Southeastern PA has not surged quite as high as in less vaccinated parts of the country . Nevertheless, a significant portion of our larger community continues to be unvaccinated and some vaccinated people – for a variety of reasons – do not develop a sufficient immune response to ensure that they will not get Covid-19. For this reason, we encourage our members to wear masks during worship. We will continue to run the exhaust fans and keep windows open to ensure adequate ventilation during the service.
Thank you for your help caring for our neighbors.
We Are a Congregation that Encounters Christ in Worship
For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world.
Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.
While some of the approaches to worship may differ from one ELCA congregation to another, we hold certain things in common. Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. The word proclaimed and the sacraments —both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion — are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.”
There is also a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We use a lectionary that provides a three-year series of readings for Sunday starting with the season of Advent, four weeks before Christmas Day. For each Sunday and festival, three readings and a psalm are suggested and include: a Gospel reading, an Old Testament reading, and a New Testament reading. The lectionary is a work of The Consultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada, who produce liturgical texts for use in common by North American Christian Churches.
Each year of the Revised Common Lectionary centers on one of the synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke. The Gospel of John is read periodically in all three years and is especially frequent in Year B.*
Until November 25th we are using Lectionary Year B. If you wish to download accompanying scriptures click here.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America provides a system of colors for use by its congregations. The colors serve to adorn the worship space, and to call attention to the nature of the season or festival being celebrated. White, green, purple, red and gold are colors related to each of the liturgical seasons. Click here for a brief summary of their usage, according to the church year.
Colors and Days/Seasons the color is used:
White: Christmas, Epiphany, Baptism, Transfiguration of Our Lord. Vigil of Easter, Easter (or Gold), Sundays of Easter, Holy Trinity Sunday
Blue: Advent (Some churches use purple
Green: Time after Epiphany, Time after Pentecost
Purple: Ash Wednesday (some use black), Lent
Scarlet or Red: Sunday of the Passion, Days of Holy Week (or purple used Mon., Tues., Wed. of Holy Week), Maunty Thursday (sometimes white)
Red (as the color of fire): Day of Pentecost
No Vestments: Good Friday after the stripping of the altar on Maundy Thursday night.