Divine Service

Divine Service

The Divine Service is celebrated every Sunday at 10 a.m. during the school year, 9 a.m. from June 1st through the 2nd Sunday in August and on announced Feast days throughout the Church Year.

Worship at College Hill is Christ-centered and follows the pattern of sound words from Scripture called liturgy (Greek for “public service” or “divine service”). The liturgy is “Divine Service” because it is primarily God’s service to us. God gives and we receive (Mk10:45; Lk 10:38-42).

We gather together as sinners in need of forgiveness. Our Triune God faithfully delivers His forgiveness to us through the Gospel in the preaching of His Word and the Lord’s Supper (Rm 10:17; Mt 26:28; Acts 2:42). In the Divine Service the music, hymnody, and chanting serve as vehicles for the life-giving Word of God.

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 About the Lord’s Supper

Guests who desire to receive the Lord’s Supper kindly are asked to speak to the pastor prior to the Divine Service.

What Jesus puts into our mouths in this sacrament is not just bread and wine but also His own body and blood for our forgiveness. Our practice of the Lord’s Supper seeks to care for Christ’s people, Christ’s Supper, and Christ’s teachings.

The Bible teaches us that receiving the Lord’s Supper together implies that we share the same beliefs, so we ask that those who wish to receive Communion with this congregation first learn what we believe. This practice also helps to ensure that the Lord’s Supper is received to the spiritual benefit of each person, since 1 Cor. 11 teaches that even Christians can receive Communion to their harm.

During the distribution, please join in singing the hymns, meditate on God’s Word, and pray that the Lord will heal our divisions and unite all Christians in His pure Word.

If you desire to learn more about what we believe, teach, and confess, please speak with Pastor Wegener and he will set up a time to meet with you.

 

 Daily Prayer

Matins (the Church’s morning prayer) is prayed every day Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. in the church proper. See Lutheran Service Book pp. 219ff.

Vespers (the Church’s evening prayer) is prayed every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the church proper. See Lutheran Service Book pp. 229ff.

 

 Private Absolution

Pr. Wegener is available for private absolution (as taught in Luther’s Small Catechism) by appointment. All confessions are kept in strictest confidence. See Lutheran Service Book pp. 292-293.

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