Worship is Central at Christ Lutheran Church.
Holy Communion is offered three times each week:
10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning
This is the
most traditional of our worship settings, yet it is celebrated with a variety
of settings and styles according to the season and mood.
The Good News
of God's Grace is always preached.
Music is accompanied
by organ, piano, guitar, flute, percussion or any available instruments
appropriate to the musical style. We offer variety in musical styles within
of Holy Communion is offered every Sunday, providing the strength to meet
the week ahead.
3:30 p.m. Tuesday Afternoon
Each Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m., a group of residents gather for
'Worship and Praise' at Vale Healthcare Center (13484 San Pablo Avenue,
CA). This ministry began years ago when one of our members
was a resident. After her death we continued ministering to other
residents with whom we have established relationships and who count on our
presence. Time is spent connecting with each resident before
worship begins. The service includes singing of favorite hymns (often
with solos by the residents), a time for prayer, sharing Scripture and a
homily, followed once a month with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Volunteers are welcome to join in this time of worship and fellowship.
We leave knowing we have been a blessing and have been blessed by
the witness of these faithful saints.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening -- September through May
on a small scale, the "Worship On Wednesday" (W.O.W.) service
incorporates the "shape of the rite"
(see With One Voice, page 8) in a setting where children take leadership.
Preparation is made for this service during the Wednesday Children and
Youth program, which begins at 5:30 p.m. The children select which role they will assume
in their worship, including call to worship, candle lighting, offering
taking, and communion assistant. Worship themes and Bible stories are coordinated
with the education time, which reflect the scripture themes for the week.
We must emphasize, however, that this worship is not for children only!
ALL ARE WELCOME!
The Elements of Worship
Worship is central at Christ Lutheran Church:
"Corporate worship expresses the unity of the people of God
and their continuity with Christians across the ages. In the liturgical
tradition are the gestures, songs, and words by which Christians have identified
themselves and each other. The Lutheran Confessions set our liturgical
life within that mainstream of Christian worship: 'We do not abolish the
Mass but religiously keep and defend. ... We keep traditional liturgical
forms' (Apology to the Augsburg Confession, 24)" -- From
the Introduction to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 6.
We all participate in worship, but the most important participants
are the people who remain in their places in the pews throughout
the worship, whose voices are heard in unison with the others, and whose
prayers and meditations are said silently. The leaders in worship -- the
presider, the liturgy assistant, the lector, the preacher, the choir director,
the choir, and the organist -- are the participants whose roles are to facilitate
the worship of God by the whole congregation. These leaders are your servants.
The Liturgical Settings and Hymns:
We use a variety of settings to keep the ancient and holy words
alive and fresh to all who speak and sing them. We use settings from
Evangelical Lutheran Worship;
The Hymn Mass (poetical versions of the ancient texts set
to familiar tunes) from Augsburg Fortress; "Now the Feast and Celebration"
by Marty Haugen; "The Kentigern Setting" from the Iona Community in Scotland;
"Even as Christ Has Loved Us" by Arlin Aasness; and a simplified setting
for Advent with music from all of our sources. Our goal in the Sunday morning
service is to vary the musical style -- not only monthly or seasonally but
also within each service -- to appeal to a variety of tastes in worship style and
set the mood for the season or festival.
The Liturgical Arts Committee has worked to draw attention
to the seasons and festivals of the church year. We hope to inspire you
and even make you curious about the season or festival through visual accents.
The Gifts of Bread and Wine:
The baptismal font is placed at the entrance to the Sanctuary (which
we call the "Narthex/Baptistry") to remind us of our first
entrance into the Church of Christ in our baptism. It's placement in front
of the "For All the Saints" window with resurrection symbols reminds us
that we are baptized into Christ's death and resurrection.
We bring to the table the common things that become sacred,
ordinary things that become extraordinary. Bread, whether one loaf or wafers,
and wine remind us of our unity with Christ and all the saints of old,
the saints here with us, and the saints of generations to come.