Our Sunday 8:30 a.m. worship uses the heritage of the past to speak to us and invites us to use our voices and hearts to offer praise for all that God has done. Our worship uses the old hymns and images from scripture to remind us of the stories of faith, and to keep us grounded in God’s promises and word. Communion is served every week.
Our 10:30 a.m. service uses more contemporary images and music to reflect God’s love for us and our response of praise. The music is upbeat, visual images and sounds are incorporated into the service, and many individuals assist in leading worship. Many families with children attend and the children are a big part of this service. For the younger children, a nursery is provided. For the older children, there is a separate children’s church during the sermon time of the service. Communion is served every week during the winter season and 1st and 3rd Sundays during summer and fall.
The Lord’s Supper is God’s meal and we are the invited guests. We believe in an open table which means you are invited to come and receive from God what God has promised. We believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine even though the bread and wine does not actually change. Through our trust in Jesus’ words “This is my body and this is my blood”, we receive the forgiveness of our sin and new life in Jesus. We leave it up to the parents if their child(ren) should receive; if they choose not to, they are invited to come forward for the Pastor’s blessing.
Hope serves communion every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. worship and November through May at the 10:30 worship–and every other week during the summer & fall at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Baptism is the individual entering into the life of Christ, through dying in the water and being raised by God to a new life. Baptism is also entering into the Christian community. We believe baptism is God’s work in us and not work we do to please or win God’s love. We do not baptize into Hope or even the Lutheran Church, but into the Christian community wherever it is found. We recognize all Christian baptism and welcome individuals from all backgrounds.
During this season of short days and long, cold nights we celebration Jesus being the light of the world. We look for ways God reveals God’s self in our lives and in the world.