WORSHIP

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing.”   Psalm 100:2


AT THE CENTER OF LIFE AND MISSION

Worship is central to the life and mission of Saint Andrew.  Weekly, we gather in worship to recall, proclaim, and participate in the mystery of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.  When we worship, we gather through the rhythm of the liturgy—where we are united in celebration, engage God’s Word in thoughtful conversation, are strengthened in the sacraments, and are sent out, empowered for mission in daily life.

While worship at Saint Andrew is traditional and liturgical, it has a contemporary style that provides a blended worship experience for people of all ages. Music at Saint Andrew is a servant of the gospel.  Led by the piano, the primary resource for liturgies and hymns is the “cranberry hymnal,” Evangelical Lutheran Worship.  The hymns sung by the congregation in worship proclaim God’s Word with one common voice.  Choral anthems and other special music are also shared to enhance and convey the depth of the gospel message.

The readings from scripture are at the heart of worship—and are based on the Revised Common Lectionary and the Liturgical Calendar, which weave together the seasons of the year with the story of Christ’s birth (Christmas) and his passion (Holy Week and Easter).  In between those two primary celebrations, the church celebrates the season of Pentecost, a time of growing and learning.

Almost every time we gather in worship, the sacrament of Holy Communion is shared.  Lutherans believe that Holy Communion is a “means of grace,” which conveys the saving acts of God through Word, bread and wine.  Through this sacrament, we are connected with Christ and Christians of all times and places, fed with the body and blood of Christ, and assured of God’s mercy.  At Saint Andrew we celebrate an “open table,” believing that all are welcome to commune at Christ’s table.

Certain occasions in the life a Christian call for special worship services and rituals.  To learn more about baptisms, weddings, and funerals, explore the dropdown menu under the worship tab.



Lenten Journey - Life in the Wilderness

What is a wilderness time in your life?
A wilderness experience in our life is those places we do not want to go and experiences we would not want to experience. Many of them are centered in the times we feel a loss in our life. This Lent you are invited to read and discover joy, even in a wilderness time, through the Lenten worship and study being offered.  The wilderness themes for our Wednesday Lenten worship include the following:

March 13 — Accepting a Wilderness
March 20 — Loss of Financial Security
March 27 — Loss of Possessions
April 3 — Loss of Health
April 10 —Loss of Faith
April 18 — Maundy Thursday: Loss of Relationship
April 19 — Good Friday: Loss of Physical Life
April 21—Easter: Eternal Life-No More Loss!

LENTEN BOOK STUDY
“Because of This, I Rejoice” is a small book by Max Vincent that takes a look at the theme of joy through the book of Philippians for ways to find joy during Lent. The Faith Formation Ministry invites you to journey through Lent with a six week study of the book.

A few new small groups will be meeting to work through the book together. There are three weekly opportunities planned for discussion in a casual small group setting (See below for the date, time and location of their first meetings.) Ministry groups that already exist might choose to take on this book together. Copies of the book will be provided.

The small group study begins:
Group 1: Sundays, 10:45-11:45 am at Saint Andrew – Beginning March 10th thru April 14th.
Group 2: Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm at Saint Andrew (following Lenten worship) – Beginning March 13 thru April 17th.
Group 3: Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm at Bull Falls Brewery – Beginning March 14 thru April 18th.

ELCA WORLD HUNGER 40 DAYS OF GIVING
Social Ministry is donating 10% of Lenten Soup donations to support the ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. In addition, they will also match up to $600 of what the congregation gives to the ELCA World Hunger throughout Lent.

WORSHIP TIMES

Thursdays

12:15 & 6:15
in the chapel

Sundays

Summer Services
8:00 & 9:30
Fall Services
Begin Sept 16
8:00, 9:30, & 10:45


Lenten Dates to Remember
March 6—Ash Wednesday – 12:15 & 6:15 pm

Wednesday Lenten Services
March 13 – April 10; 12:15 & 6:15 pm
April 14—Palm Sunday – 8:00, 9:30 & 10:45 am

The Three Days
April 18—Maundy Thursday – 12:15 & 6:15 pm
April 19—Good Friday – 12:15 & 6:15 pm
April 21—Easter Sunday – 6 am on Rib Mountain; 8, 9:30 & 11 at SALC


CHILDREN AND WORSHIP

Through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, infants are washed into the family of God and made members of the church, the Body of Christ.  At Saint Andrew, children are welcome to fully participate in all that we do – most especially in worship. The voice of a toddler or a cry of an infant are common noises and enhance the authenticity of our worship together.

We also recognize that it can be a challenge for parents to guide a child through worship when they are busy growing, developing, and observing – and that children may become restless.  To assist families, several resources are available. Worship Bags are located in the narthex by the information desk and include a variety of activities to engage children in faith development.  Likewise, a nursery is available to assist parents in providing a safe place for play and fellowship, and is staffed by volunteers at the 9:30 worship service.  For children ages 2 through grade six, Sunday school classes are offered in conjunction with the 9:30 service to allow for an integrated worship and learning experience.

First Communion instruction takes place for students in the 5th grade year and the Confirmation journey begins in 7th grade.  Both milestones are celebrated through special worship services that take place once a year.  Children are also an integral part in worship leadership as they serve alongside others as greeters, lectors, communion servers and acolytes.


CHOIRS

“O Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the Earth.” Psalm 96:1

The Chancel Choir shares choral offerings during weekly worship services and enriches worship for special occasions in the life of the church including Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas.  Rehearsals take place most Wednesday evenings, September through May, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The Hand Bell Choir shares anthems with a four-octave set of bells during worship services and special worship services and rehearses on Wednesday evenings, September through May, from 5:15-6:15 pm.

A Children’s Choir develops occasionally and annually gathers in the fall to prepare a Christmas Program in conjunction with the Sunday school program.

From time to time, the choirs combine with musicians from the community to offer a Cantata.  Anyone interested in participating in either choir is welcome to come to rehearsal or to contact the coordinator of music, Al Frieberg.