Traditional Service Sundays 10:00
For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.
We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Scripture is central to our worship at Shepherd of the Valley. Passages from the Old and New Testament are read and a sermon is preached. We come to know God's love and grace as the Good News is proclaimed through scripture.
SHARING OF THE PEACE
COME AS YOU ARE
We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday and all are welcome to to come forward and receive communion. Young children not yet of communion age are encouraged to come forward with their families for a blessing.
As part of worship, we gather a monetary offering, not as a charity drive, but rather as an act to return a portion of the gifts God has given us. If you aren't able to or don't wish to contribute just shake our head and the ushers will pass you by.
Come as you are to worship. Where ever are in life and however you dress, we welcome you. At Shepherd of the Valley, you'll see people of various backgrounds and in different styles of dress. Some like to dress up and other keep it casual. Jesus accepts you as you are and so do we!
Children are welcome and encouraged to be children during worship. It's not uncommon to see a little ones dancing in the aisle or running to visit friends during the service. The noise of children remind us of God's blessing. We offer Sunday School during worship for children who prefer a more child-friendly message and activity. Children are dismissed for Sunday School after the youth sermon and they return for communion.
We share peace by shaking hands with one another in anticipation of celebration of Holy Communion. This symbolizes our attempt to reconcile our earthly relationships before coming to the Lord's Table.