Worship & Music
Worship & Music
Worshiping God, sharing the good news of Christ’s love and partaking of the sacraments is the heart of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. There are two services on Sunday with holy communion: one at 8:30 am and one at 11 a.m. A nursery is provided for infants, toddlers and children up to five years during worship services and special programs.
In addition to the two Sunday services , there also is a mid-week communion service (Wednesday 12:10 pm) that lasts 35 minutes. Lunch is also served for a nominal fee. During Lent, this service is highlighted by visiting pastors and priests from the many denominations of other downtown churches.
Worship also provides ways to serve God in His church. If you’ve been wanting to serve, opportunities to help include:
Lay/Communion Assistants — help lead worship by reading scriptures, offering prayers and petitions and assisting with communion at all worship services.
Contact: Barbara Green
Acolytes — Youth in grades 6-12 who serve during worship by lighting candles and helping with communion.
Contact: Cyndi Warren, 706-724-8792.
Ushers — who assist members and guests at worship by providing bulletins, escorting to pews when necessary, offering directions and collecting offering. Contact: Carolyn Gary, 706-724-8792, ext. 202, email@example.com
Sound System Volunteers — who record Sunday worship services on CDs for shut-ins and others in the congregation who may be interested.
Contact: Carolyn Gary, ext. 202, 706-724-8792.
Financial Secretaries — Members who rotate responsibility for counting and recording monies collected during Sunday School, worship services, for love offerings, memorials, etc.
Contact: Carolyn Gary, 706-724-8792, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship Planning — A committee that oversees the planning for and organization of all worship services.
Contact: Frank Chandler, 706-733-6564, email@example.com
Pastor Hunter, 706-7248792, ext.204, Pastor02@bellsouth.net
Altar Guild — Members who prepare the altar and chancel with appropriate paraments, seasonal banners and hardware, and set up communion for worship services.
Contact: Siggie Hensley, 706-733-1188
Nursery – Volunteers and paid staff provide a safe, loving, fun-filled environment for infants to five-year-olds during worship and special programs. Contact: Dora Hogg.
Special Worship Services
During the year, there are several special worship services to which many people look forward. Some of these are:
Joint Reformation Service on Reformation Sunday evening each October. As a celebration of the “birthday” of the Lutheran Church and the Protestant movement. All area Lutheran churches participate in this service.
Music Sunday is an entire service of worship that celebrates God through music. Singers, ringers and instrumentalists provide an upbeat, joyful service.
Youth Sunday another upbeat service that is planned, organized and delivered by our young people. Sometimes there are skits, sometimes heartfelt professions of faith, always an enjoyable experience. The young people also collect money for the hungry and homeless during “Souper Bowl Sunday.”
Family Christmas Program a much-anticipated service by both parents and children! The evening starts with a covered dish supper and ends with the Children’s Christmas Program.
Wednesday Night Lenten Worship is a thematic series of services which start on Ash Wednesday and continue through Lent.
Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday and continues with worship services at noon and in the evening on Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
If worship is the heart of the church, fellowship is the life blood. If you’re not aware, this congregation loves to eat, loves getting together, and loves celebrating God’s love and His many blessings. One member of our congregation was overheard telling someone, “Resurrection serves more meals than the Marriott!”
During the week, one may have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the church! In addition to Mini-Breakfast each Sunday at 9:30 am between early service and Sunday School, you can eat lunch on Wednesdays after the 12:10 pm Holy Communion service, and dinner Wednesday Nights between children’s musical activities and the committee or Church Council meetings, for a nominal fee. On special occasions, we pull out all the stops to have wonderful food and a great time of being together as a church family. Some of the special meals include:
Advent Night – This is a night of food, singing, crafts and fun to help us prepare for the birth of Christ. Some of the highlights include edible manger scenes and making Christmas ornaments.
Confirmation Dinner – honoring our confirmands and their immediate families each spring.
Dinner on the Grounds – A picnic lunch in the fall with special activities like a dunking booth that has Pastor Hunter in a wetsuit and the children running around with wildly painted faces.
Easter Breakfast – What a glorious way of celebrating the Risen Lord! A sumptuous array of food and flowers make this a beautiful time of fellowship.
Mother-Daughter Tea — Mothers and daughters of all ages (and remember, all women are “daughters.”) get together for a special luncheon in the spring, hosted by Love Circle.
Rally Day Breakfast – A pancake breakfast with all the trimmings that celebrates the beginning of the new church Sunday School year.
Shrove Tuesday Meal – Another pancake extravaganza on “fat Tuesday” before Ash Wednesday.
Youth Party – This annual Christmas party and dance is for our youth, grades 6-12, and their guests.
There are others, which can be found in the bulletin and newsletter. Our “master chefs” for these events are Kathleen Wallace, 706-736-0523, and Michael Shaffer, 803-510-3116, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing makes a more joyful noise to the Lord than music! Music is an integral part of worship at Resurrection. An array of vocal and hand bell choirs which include everyone from Pre-K through adult perform throughout the year. In addition, we periodically have instrumentalists, both members and guest performers, who enhance our “joyful noise.”
The Adult Choir rehearses every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Youth Choir, for sixth through twelfth graders, provide music for special occasions at church and, occasionally, community events. They rehearse from 5-6 pm Wednesday.
The Luther Choir, for second through fifth graders, teaches fundamentals of music and provides special music during worship service. They also rehearse from 5-6 pm Wednesday.
These choirs are under the direction of Sandra Prichard, Music Director, 706-724-8792, ext. 207, email@example.com
The Cherub & Genesis Choir, is for Pre-K to first graders. This choir is designed to give youngsters a developmental music program as well as liturgical appreciation. They meet from 5:30-6 pm Wednesday. They are under the direction of Cyndi Warren (706-724-8792, ext. 201, Cyndilcotr@bellsouth.net) and Angie Chandler (706-733-6564, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our hand bell choirs provide another kind of “joyful noise” to worship services on occasion. The adult bell choir is directed by Sandra Prichard.
Luther Bells, for second through fifth graders, teaches the fundamentals of bell ringing. They rehearse from 5 – 5:30 pm Wednesday.
Youth Bells, a more advanced group, is comprised of sixth through twelfth graders. They rehearse from 5:30 – 6:15 pm Wednesday.
The Luther Bells and Resurrection Youth Ringers are directed by Cindy Folger, assisted by Amy Oetting, Cyndi Warren, and/or Jenny Witcher.
The Adult Bells, which rehearse from 9:45 – 10:45 am Sunday, provide a variety of music for worship services. Previous experience is not a requirement to join this group! Just bring your love of music and a willingness to learn.