What to Expect

When you visit Immanuel Lutheran Church on a Sunday morning, you'll find people gathering in the back of the church to visit and greet each other before the service begins.  There will be someone there to greet you and hand you a worship folder.  Please take a moment to sign our guest book!

As you enter the sanctuary, you are welcome to sit anywhere!

While many Christians worship in somewhat the same way, Lutherans have a unique perspective on the question...

What is worship?

People often think worship is what we do for God.  But it's not.  We refer to worship as "The Divine Service" because we learn from the Bible that God is providing His service for us.  He provides His Word in the readings, the songs, the responses and the preaching.  

Look for the Bible passages next to the things we say and sing - it is all taken from God's Word.  

He puts the words of praise, of supplication and of repentance into our mouths and hearts.  He provides His gracious forgiveness of sins in the words of the pastor and in His Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

In some parts of the service we sit and sometimes we stand.  The pastor will prompt you.  There are also symbols in the worship folder of a person sitting or standing.  

Why do we stand?

  • We stand out of respect and acknowledgment that Christ our Lord is speaking to us
  • When we confess our sins and hear Christ's words of absolution
  • When we confess our faith in the words of the creeds
  • When we pray
  • Sometimes - when we sing the last verse of a hymn - to show honor to the Holy Trinity