First Time visiting
Services at Immanuel are joyfully reverent and richly ceremonial. We celebrate the Divine Service each Sunday using settings from Lutheran Service Book.
We joyfully welcome all guests to services at Immanuel!
Communicant members in good standing of LCMS congregations are asked to announce themselves to an usher or to one of the Pastors prior to the service.
Worship Customs at Immanuel
Reverence and Quiet before the service
Time before the service is encouraged to use for preparation for the coming service.
We kneel for certain parts of the liturgy (e.g., confession of sins, consecration of the Lord's Supper, receiving the Lord's Supper) as a sign of humility and devotion).
Much of the liturgy is chanted. The pastor, cantor, and people all sing certain parts. Don't worry if this is foreign to you at first. You'll learn it by listening, and before long you'll catch yourself singing parts of the liturgy as you go about your week!
The Sign of the Cross
Some members of Immanuel follow Martin Luther's recommendation to make the sign of the cross during various points in the service. It serves as a reminder to our baptism into Christ's death and resurrection.
The Processional Crucifix
Divine Services at Immanuel begin with the Processional Crucifix entering the sanctuary and ends with the Processional Crucifix departing the sanctuary. As a voluntary act of devotion to Jesus, many of our members bow their heads as the crucifix passes, and orient their bodies and eyes toward the cross in procession.
Standing for Doxological Stanzas in Hymns
Immanuel stands when singing a hymn stanza that praises the Triune God: the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. These stanzas conclude by singing "Amen."