Together As The Body of Christ

Together as the Body of Christ
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. – 1 Cor. 12:12-14

At Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, we are gathered together by the power of the Holy Spirit to know the joy of being in a community of Christ’s people. As we gather, we appreciate the great variety and abundance of gifts God has created in each of us, and give thanks for the ways the Holy Spirit equips us for ministry beyond our imaginations as we are sent into the world. Christ works in us to be grace, share peace, and live as Christ’s love for the world, through the transformation and learning that happen at Our Lord’s.

Becoming the Body of Christ (Worship)
When we worship, we come back to our identity in Christ – beloved, forgiven, made new, and nourished to share this love with others. When we are joined to Christ in Baptism, we are joined into his death and resurrection, along with all those who have been baptized before us. When we come to the communion table, we are joined with this body of Christ which spans all times and places, to again receive the new life of forgiveness at Christ’s table. We also sing our praises with the whole host of heaven, and hear God’s word, spoken to us, in this time and place.

Our worship service is a modern liturgical setting – which is more modern or more liturgical depending on the time of year – and the tone is reverential casual. The leaders are dressed fairly conservatively, but parishioners wear whatever helps them to worship God. Some people come in suits, and others shorts and t-shirts. It is all welcome.

We always follow the basic flow of the liturgy, regardless of the music of the day.

Gathering: We intentionally come into the presence of God and each other as we begin our worship and set aside everything else from our hearts and minds for this time.

Word: We hear God’s word for us, with the sure faith that it transforms our hearts and souls as our story is woven in God’s great story.

Meal: The Word of God calls us to the table of God, where we are remembered in the body of Christ, even as we remember and receive Christ’s presence to us anew. All are welcome at Christ’s table at Our Lord’s. All means all. You are welcome here.

Sending: We turn as the cross processes out of the sanctuary, and we follow Christ into the world, to proclaim this love in word and deed throughout our lives.

Building Up the Body of Christ (Discipleship)
We continue to learn our faith throughout our lives, and we come together in large and small groups at Our Lord’s to deliberately welcome the Holy Spirit to guide and shape us as the Body of Christ. We have education for children and adults on Sunday mornings at 9:30, and various bible studies and small groups throughout the year. We also have women’s gathering, men’s gathering, and a special learning time for Jr. High students on Wednesday evenings.

Being the Body of Christ (Ministry Activities)
As we are sent out to be the Body of Christ in the world, sometimes we go individually and sometimes we go as groups. Sometimes our activities stay within our church building, and sometimes they move out into the world, but they always proclaim God’s love beyond ourselves.

Fellowship and mission groups: Hands of Mercy Quilters, Lutheran World Relief Health Kits assembly, Choir, Funeral luncheons, prayer team, justice team, fellowship coordinators, and a helper team.

Service groups: Regional food bank, Oaks Indian Mission, ROVERS Habitat for Humanity Critical home repair, Reaching our City, Brit-ville Food pantry, and Lutheran World Relief.