Sunday: 8:15 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.
In worship at St. Philip, we offer ourselves to God in prayer, praise and thanksgiving. We use as many gifts and resources as we possibly can to bring honor and glory to our Lord.
We follow the liturgical tradition of the Lutheran Church, enhancing the services with choirs, brass, hand bells, solos, organ, guitars, piano, and other varied musical offerings as the service of the day indicates. The Cherub, Children’s, and Young Disciples youth choirs participate on a regular basis. Two adult choirs add leadership and anthems to our vocal praise.
Lay people as well as ordained pastors lead worship. Our lay assistants, both men and women, range from teenagers to older adults. Children occasionally help lead the service, carrying out roles appropriate to their ages. A children’s sermon is included weekly during services. A nursery is always available during services for children four and under who struggle to be present for the whole service.
We design our weekly bulletins to include the whole order of service so visitors can come in and worship the first time they attend worship. The bulletins also contain our current prayer list and the announcements and activities of the week.
A detailed description of the order for liturgical worship can be found in the Visitor’s Guide to Lutheran Worship.
Contemporary Service: The Crossing
Sunday, 11 a.m. (2nd & 4th Sundays)
St. Philip recently launched a contemporary worship service called The Crossing that bridges music, worship and life.
The worship service began in Kepley Hall in a less formal setting, and people are welcome to come “as they are” to join in the music-based worship service. It now is held in sanctuary at 11 a.m. every 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
The service typically is led by a lay worship leader and features a host of musicians (guitar, drums, keyboard, singers, etc.) singing more contemporary praise and worship songs. Lyrics for songs and other elements of the service are projected on a screen for others to easily follow.
The service typically includes a children’s sermon, a message from the worship leader or pastor and Holy Communion. The Cherub Choir (ages 3-5) also participates on a regular basis.
The Eucharist or Holy Communion is above all a meal. And it is not mere bread and wine. We actually eat the Lord’s body, and we drink the Lord’s blood. It is an eschatological feast, that is, a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. These facts shape how the elements are distributed. There are several possible modes of distribution. All of them assume that the elements are always handled with reverence and dignity, for they are the living Christ (Apology of the Augsburg Confession, article XXIV). Lutherans call the elements the means of grace, for through the eating and drinking we receive nothing less than the absolute presence of Jesus Christ. And we become what we eat, little Christs. For more information, visit the “On distribution of Holy Communion” page on the ELCA website.
Holy Communion Instruction
Children are always welcome at the Lord’s Table. If your child has not received Holy Communion instruction, they may come forward for a blessing. If you are transferring from another church where your child has already received instruction, your child will be able to receive at St. Philip.
Holy Communion classes are held in the 5th grade. This class is strongly encouraged for all 5th graders even if they have already received their first Holy Communion. Learning is a continual process and doesn’t end once a child has received communion.
If you feel your child is ready to receive prior to the 5th grade, we encourage you to speak to the Director of Faith Formation. Resources are available for you to work with your child at home.