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Worship Ministry

Description

General Description: throughout the year, our worship services may be different in style or theme, yet not in substance.  Our worship services are focused on Jesus, the Lord of the church.  We follow the ancient order of worship from the days of the apostles.  We gather, we hear the word, we sing God’s praise, we confess our sins and we pray for each other and the needs of the world, we receive an offering, and we partake of Holy Communion.  Communion is generally celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sundays and all Festival services.

Our three worship services on Sunday morning: 

  • At 8:00 & 11:00 – we offer two “traditional” services where the ancient movement of liturgy guides our worship. The organ leads both of these services as we sing the liturgy and hymns. The Senior Choir sings at the late service.
  • At 9:30 – we offer a “contemporary” service that is led by our “Leap of Faith” praise team. This service is designed for families and offers a children’s sermon along with many favorite contemporary Christian songs. The Sunday School hour follows this service.

Good Hope is a praying congregation.  Those in any need are named during the weekly prayers of the church. Individual prayer at the altar rail is generally offered during the offering at all three services.  Prayer Vigil are held at special times, where people are invited to come into the quiet of our sanctuary for

Midweek summer casual:  during the months of June through August we offer an additional service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00.  You are invited to “come as you are” to this informal time of worship.  Pastor Bob, and his guitar, lead the singing of hymns and “campfire” songs.  We have a simplified liturgy that ends with prayer requests and Luther’s evening prayer.  After the scripture readings (appointed for the following Sunday), the pastor receives questions and comments from those gathered and offers thoughts about the texts. 

Staffed nursery:   we welcome families to make use of our staffed nursery at the 9:30 and 11:00 services.  It is located on the ground level.  Parents are given a “parent pager” so that you can be contacted if your child needs assistance, whether you are in worship of Sunday School.

 

Special Services

Lenten Services are held at 11:00 AM and 7 PM and begin with a traditional Ash Wednesday service including confession, communion, and the imposition of ashes.  Then we meet each Wednesday with a different theme each year.  During Holy Week we worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. 

Easter - our celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord begins with an Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 AM.  Our celebration continues with weekly8 communion throughout the Easter season.

On Christmas Eve we offer three services with carols, candlelight and communion; 4:00 is designed for families and is led by the Leap of Faith praise team, 7:30 includes the Senior Choir and is led by the organ, 11:00 is a quieter service, is led by the organ and takes us to the midnight hour

Healing Services are held several times each year.  People in worship are invited to the altar rail to receive special prayer with an anointing of oil and laying on of hands.

Other special liturgies throughout the year include:

Love Sunday – in February we celebrate with members who are celebrating an anniversary that ends in a 5 or 0 (5 – 10 – 15 – 20 – etc.)

We celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with special liturgies.

We hold a Block Party or Church Picnic each year in late May or early June with an 8 AM traditional service in the sanctuary and then a 10 AM blended service outside or at the Boardman Park.

Baccalaureate Sunday is generally held in early June as we celebrate our High School Graduates.  We pass out the Weller-Myers Scholarship to those youth who applied and were selected.

On All Saints Sunday, the first Sunday in November, we remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died in the last year.  People are invited forward to light a candle in memory of their loved one as we sing the opening hymn and people are remembered by name during the prayers.


Ways to be involved in Worship:


Acolyte
6th – 8th grade students

Altar Guild
Teams of 3 or 4 people prepare the sanctuary for worship and Holy Communion. For more information contact the chairperson, Gregg Sturrus 

Assisting Ministers
Assist with leading the liturgy, prayers, announcements, and serving Communion 

Banner Makers
Meet periodically to make a banner for the sanctuary 

Children’s activity supplies
Keep the supplies ready for children’s activity sheets 

Cookie Sunday Helper
          Provide cookies for our monthly cookie Sunday or help setup or cleanup.

Homebound Communion Visitors
Monthly take Holy Communion to homebound members 

Nursery Helper 
Assist the paid Nursery person or fill in on their absence so we can provide a healthy and safe place for infants and young children during worship                and Sunday school

Readers
Read the lessons at the 8 AM or 11 AM service 

Offering Counters
Serve in a team of two persons, on Sunday morning, to count and deposit the offering 

Ushers
Distribute bulletins, take up the offering, usher people for Communion, and straighten up the pews after worship 

Welcoming Ministries – Greeters and Visitors
Serve as a greeter at one of our doors or visit those who have visited our congregation

Worship Assistants
Serve at one of the services to open and close the building, serve Communion, prepare for any last minute needs, and assist with the smooth running of a particular service

Weekly Service Scripture Readings

Scriptures Sheets