Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Salem, Wisconsin

Worship

Worship With Us

Worship at Our Savior’s is central to our being.  In worship we come to be fed and nourished by a good and loving God.  In the Word and Sacrament, we are connected to the grace of God through Jesus Christ.  In Jesus, in his death and resurrection, we have new life!  In our worship we thank God even as we are renewed in our journey of life and discipleship.

Most of all, as we worship, we are keenly aware that we come together as people in great need of God’s grace.  We welcome all who are hurting, lonely, confused, uncertain, even skeptical.  We welcome you to join us no matter who you are, or what’s in your past.  Here you are free to bring your questions, doubts, and fears.  Here, we are one, not in ourselves, but in Jesus!

Our worship follows a liturgical format, grounded in the rich history of the church.  We hear the Word of God proclaimed, we sing hymns of praise, we pray, and connect with others as the Body of Christ.  In the context of our worship, we welcome new members of the Body of Christ through Holy Baptism, and we continue to sustain faith through Holy Communion, celebrated the first and third weekends of the month.  We rejoice in the presence of children, sharing a children’s message each week, and joyfully bring to God a portion of the gifts we have been given.

Though we follow a liturgical format, our worship is richly diverse.  Organ, piano, drums, guitars, trumpets – all make their way into our musical celebration.  Our lectionary exposes us to a wide variety of scripture readings, and the liturgy itself changes with the seasons.  No two worship services are exactly alike, as God continues to marvel us with gifts that cannot be counted!

But “liturgical” means more than that.  The “liturgy” is (literally) “the work of the people.”  When we worship, the pastor usually presides and provides a message, but the people do more.  They proclaim God’s word, lift up the prayers, and share in the song life of the congregation.  They share in distributing communion, offering the many gifts of music, and providing hospitality for all who come to join in worship.  In short, to be liturgical means that the community makes worship happen!  You can be a part of making worship happen.  Check out the opportunities  below!

Special Worship Events:

FESTIVE FOURTH

The fourth Sunday of the month is a treat – the S.O.S. (Saints of Our Savior’s) band shares music with heart and passion, with rhythm and beat, with the love of Jesus!  The band plays for all three services that weekend, accompanying hymns and invigorating our worship.

GOSPEL ON THE GREEN

Well, not really on the green – we use the Lion’s Shelter across from the church!  Usually held the end of August or beginning of September, the S.O.S. Band plays, and regardless of the weather we enjoy the gifts of nature around us, and we give thanks for the summer that is beginning to draw to a close.

SEASONAL WORSHIP

The seasons bring worship opportunities not to be missed!  Advent worship on Wednesday evenings, then Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship are a part of welcoming the newborn Christ Child in our midst.  Midweek Lenten worship, Holy Week, and Easter, all give us time to reflect on the sacrifice of the cross and the victory of Easter morning.

Finally, not to be overlooked, at Thanksgiving we give thanks – for gifts of food and drink, for shelter and home, for life and new life.

So, what’s your role in worship?

Singing, praying, sharing the peace – we all have roles as we gather to worship.  But some take on other roles – how about you?

To be a part of our worship ministry as ushers, readers, or communion assistant, go the “sign ups” page, or just click here.

To share your musical gifts, contact Linda Berg, our Director of Music.  You can reach her by clicking here.

Resources

Any bread can work for Holy Communion, but for some fun, try an unleavened bread.  You can download a recipe right here!

 

OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH

359 N. Leonard
West Salem, WI 54669
Phone: 608.786.0030

ELCA

 

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness...

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son...

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; his good, pleasing and perfect will.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 10:9

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.