Candles are lit. An organ plays softly in the background. A pause, followed by the peal of church bells. The pastor enters silently and reverently into the holy place and prays for himself and for the people. A brief announcement is made. And worship begins, “in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The pattern and flow of liturgical worship is what you’ll experience at Emmaus. Drawn from the Old Testament temple and synagogue and the worship of the ancient Church, the stable, time-tested pattern of worship connects us to believers of all times and places. Pastor and people chant psalms and sing the songs of angels and saints. The diversity of hymns and scripture readings is complemented by changing parts of the service, proper to the church year. The sermon focuses on Christ crucified and resurrected for the forgiveness of our sins.
Bread and wine are brought forth and with God’s Word become Christ’s flesh and blood. Jesus is known to us in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:35). He gives Himself fully to us in His Supper, so that we might give ourselves fully in service to our neighbor. A hymn is sung, and we receive God’s blessing through the mouth of His servant. The Supper is ended and we depart in peace.
If you are longing for a real experience of the risen Christ, or if you are searching for a faith that speaks both to your heart and to your head, then join us for worship at Emmaus. Jesus promises us, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
Holy Communion at Emmaus Lutheran Church
In the Lord’s Supper, Christ gives into our mouths not merely bread and wine, but His true body and His true blood for life, salvation, and the forgiveness of sins. Because Holy Communion can be received unworthily to our detriment, and because the Sacrament testifies to a common confession of faith, we invite to the Lord’s Table members of this congregation and those who belong to sister congregations of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (i.e., those churches in full fellowship and agreement with the LCMS). If you have any questions about Holy Communion or are not yet in full communion fellowship with this congregation, please speak to the pastor before coming forward to the altar during the communion.