Lutherans refer to worship as the “Divine Service”:
Our Lord is the Lord who serves. Jesus Christ came into the flesh not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many….Our Lord serves us today through his holy Word and Sacraments. Through these means He comes among us to deliver His forgiveness and salvation, freeing us from our sins and strengthening us for service to one another and to the world. (From our hymnal, Lutheran Service Book, page viii)
Worship at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church reflects what we believe, teach, and confess and therefore is Christ-centered, biblical, and sacramental:
- Christ-centered—rooted and grounded in the atoning work of Jesus on the cross.
- Biblical—saturated with Holy Scripture, read, sung, and proclaimed.
- Sacramental—nourished by grace God gives us through Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (the latter is received on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month).
As part of the one universal Christian Church we worship in the same biblical, historic and global way Christ’s Church has worshiped in all times and places. The ancient liturgy is saturated with the Word of God and focused on the cross of Christ. We gather around Word and Sacrament to receive God’s grace.
We use the orders of service from the Lutheran Service Book. The music is both organ and piano-led, and most of the liturgy is chanted.
To learn more about the various parts of the liturgy please visit the About the Divine Service page.
A lectionary is an ordered pattern of readings from Holy Scripture that correspond to the Church Year. Each Sunday a reading from the Old Testament, the New Testament Epistles, and the Gospels, are woven together to convey a particular theme. In the so-called “festival” half of the Church Year, from Advent through Pentecost, the focus is on the story of salvation. The latter half of the year, from the Feast of Holy Trinity to the Last Sunday of the Church Year, focuses on the various teachings of the faith.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church uses the Three-Year Lectionary from Lutheran Service Book, which has its roots in the historic western lectionary. Portions of this lectionary date back over 1,500 years.