WORSHIP

The covid-19 pandemic has been a great trial for us all these past months. After a time of study, prayer, and learning some of the best practices of those churches who have opened earlier, Lutheran Chapel resumed in-person worship on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Guidelines for our service can be found here.

 

Lutheran Chapel will stream worship services on Facebook Live at Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia, NC on  Sunday at 10:30AM. The daily lessons are at Our Daily Bread (odb.org/subscribe) and the Sunday lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary are at dailyLectio.net. A pdf of the weekly bulletin is available on the church website and Facebook.


The 8:30 Early Service is a focus on the biblical Story of Salvation from Genesis to Revelation. This is a small gathering that projects the Service and allows for dialogue together on the Scriptures for the day. The gathering meets in the Memorial Chapel and there is a celebration of Holy Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

The 10:30 Service is a focus on the Life of our Lord Jesus from the weekly Bible lessons. This is our largest gathering that worships God in dignity and beauty, meeting in our historic Sanctuary. Children’s Church is offered for all children 3rd grade and under to teach the lessons in an age appropriate fashion. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Daily Prayer is encouraged each morning and evening for the entire fellowship. A way to read the whole Bible annually is listed in each Sunday bulletin with a simple format of reading three to five chapters from the Old and New Testaments each day. A prayer list of needs and concerns of our fellowship and friends of our fellowship and a commemorations calendar of saints is also provided Sunday by Sunday. Devotional materials are provided such as Christ in Our Home as well as resources on the free table. At special times in the Christian year such as Advent and Lent, Evening Prayer is kept growing in our prayer lives and encourage one another in the way of Christ.

Advent is a special time in the church Christian year.  It is the first season of the Christian church leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.  It is a time before Christmas when God’s people look to the coming of Christ both historically with his birth in Bethlehem and look for his second coming on the Last Day.  Evening Prayer is observed on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. during the season of Advent.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a season of reflection and preparation prior to the celebration of Easter.  It is a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving, recalling the temptation Jesus endured for us.  During this season, we humble ourselves so that we may focus on the grace of God.   Evening Prayer is observed on Wednesdays at 7:00pm during the Lenten season.