The “divine service” is one name for what happens on Sundays and special occasions at Our Saviour’s. Another name for the same thing is “worship”. The divine service emphasizes the idea that God comes to us to preach to us about what Jesus did for us and to forgive sins. While God is ever worthy of our service, He comes to serve us in our needs. Worship emphasizes the idea that Christians gather together to hear God’s Word, to dwell on His goodness and mercy and to support the work of preaching the good news to this whole world.
Whether we think of divine service or worship, we mean the conversation between God and His people. At Our Saviour, the pastor acts as the ambassador for God, speaking God’s Word to His people, and those in the congregation respond to God’s Word. This is the essence of “liturgical worship,” which is nothing more than an orderly way of carrying on the conversation with God. Every service consists of Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, Bible readings, a sermon, prayers and Baptism.
Parents, please do not let your children’s unfamiliarity with being in church keep you from bringing them. All are welcome to join us for the divine service, because God’s Word is for everyone, especially the young children.
During some services, Our Saviour also observes Holy Communion. If you are not a member of Our Saviour or a church of our affiliation in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, please take a moment to read about our communion practices.