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What to Expect

What to Expect

THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

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 RESURRECTION is an ELCA church located in downtown Augusta, Georgia at 825 Greene Street.  Our worship services are steeped in Lutheran tradition with an organist musician and Holy Communion celebrated. We are known as the church with the big red doors!  At LCR (Lutheran Church of the Resurrection), we welcome everyone in Christ’s name; we care for others in Christ’s love; and we grow together in Christ’s spirit.

Here is what you can expect on a Sunday Morning:

Children are always welcome in worship! While they may not understand all that happens and may even be distracting at times, it is important for the whole family to be involved in worship. At the same time, a staffed nursery is provided for children of preschool age.

Here people of all ages come together to worship God and to connect with and care for one another. We come as we are, we gather for prayer and praise, and to be fed and sent into the world to live more fully as the people God calls us to be

  • Organ Prelude
  • Announcements and “Passing of the Peace” with others around you
    This is a chance to greet some of the people around you and share the peace of our Lord. Everyone wanders around a bit shaking hands and sharing greetings such as “Peace of the Lord” or just a simple “Good morning!” This is not just a time for simple greetings but an opportunity for us to work for peace in our lives and our relationships.
  • Opening Hymn
    Music is another of the many gifts we bring to God. Music is chosen as it relates to the theme of the day. A wide variety of hymns are sung in worship. You may join in the singing or just listen to the words.
  • Confession and Forgiveness:
    Lutheran understanding is that everyone is a sinner and stands in need of God’s forgiveness.
  • Children’s Sermon:
    The children are invited to come and sit at the front of the sanctuary to hear a special message meant for them. They may also be encouraged to come forward so they can be better able to see and participate in a baptism or to assist in a special blessing.
  • Reading of the Lessons and Gospel Scripture
  • Sermon
    The pastor’s sermon is normally related to one of the Bible readings for the day. It provides an opportunity for the pastor to talk about how God’s word impacts our lives.
  • The Apostle’s Creed
    Reciting one of the ancient creeds of the church (usually either the Apostles or Nicene Creed) is an expression of our beliefs.
  • Prayers of the People
    Through our prayers, we communicate with God. Our prayers of joy, concern, praise and thanksgiving are all brought to God. We offer intercessions for those in particular need.
  • Offertory:
    This is the time when we can give back to God a portion of the gifts God has so generously given us. Visitors are welcome to support the ministries at Resurrection with their gifts.
  • Communion:
    Holy Communion is offered at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection each Sunday. Lutherans believe that we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ through the bread and wine we consume during the Lord’s Supper. Everyone who believes that Jesus Christ died for their sins is welcome to join us in Holy Communion. Each Sunday at the 11:00AM Worship Service, worshipers proceed to the altar rail and kneel (if able) to receive the bread and wine. A server will place the wafer in your hand. You will receive the wine (or grape juice) from the tray. At the 8:30AM Worship Service communion is received by intinction by kneeling (if able) at the altar. Once you receive the wafer in your hand, you would proceed to the wine to dip it into the wine. Children who have been instructed in the meaning of Holy Communion are welcome to participate. Children who have not received instruction may come to the altar to receive a blessing. If you are physically unable to proceed to the altar, notify an usher and Holy Communion can be brought to you in your pew. If you do not wish to participate in Holy Communion, simply remain seated in your pew.
  • Blessing and Sending:
    Worship concludes with a blessing and a sending. Those who gather are always reminded that what is shared in this hour impacts our entire lives. Normally the presiding minister will say, “Go in peace, serve the Lord.” And the congregation replies, “Thanks be to God!”
  • Organ Postlude

Who is Involved?
Many people make possible the worship that is shared together on Sunday mornings. Ushers and greeters welcome people and ensure they have a worship bulletin to guide worshipers in the service. Altar Guild members work behind the scenes to prepare the altar for Holy Communion or the font for Baptism. Volunteers (lectors) read the lessons. Choirs offer anthems and leadership of the music. Communion assistants help distribute the Sacrament. Acolytes light the candles and assist in receiving the offering. The Pastor preaches and leads worship. And all those gathered join hearts and voices together in praise and worship of God.