Our style of worship at Freedom Lutheran Church is rather simple and somewhat informal. A variety of confessions, Scripture readings, and prayers all have their place. And because God's Word is the power of God unto salvation, and the means through which God teaches His people and nourishes their faith, a sermon from God's Word is the focal point of the Divine Service. A typical service will last about 75 to 90 minutes.
We celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, and also the 5th Sunday when there is one.
Musically, our services tend to be dominated by the classic hymns of the church, some of which have been sung by Christians for many centuries. But we also employ some of the modern music of the church in the belief that the two can be fully complementary. Some would reject the old music simply because it is old, while others would reject the new simply because it is new. We believe that both of these perspectives are short-sighted, prejudicial errors which must be avoided on grounds both Biblical and historical. The preeminent concern in any music used in the holy Christian Church is the doctrinal content which is confessed in the lyrics. Is it thoroughly Biblical? Is it Christ-centered? Does it clearly teach the sound doctrines of the Scriptures in agreement with the universal Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions? Does it rightly represent the chief article of Biblical Christianity - justification by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone? Will it be useful in instructing our minds in the truth and nourishing our faith, by communicating the glorious riches of The Faith? If we are considering a piece of music for use in the church, and these questions cannot be answered with a resounding "Yes," we will not use that selection regardless of how stirringly beautiful the music may be, or how popular it may have become in other church bodies. If the music used in the church does not meet those standards, it will do more harm to the congregation than good.
Our conviction with regard to worship is this: worship is not a matter of strong, victorious Christian champions offering worthy gifts to God. Rather, it is about God pouring forth gifts of grace upon weak and unworthy sinners, precious gifts which their faith needs to survive and grow. In other words, worship is not man serving God-but God serving man through His Word and Sacraments. And as we receive His gifts of grace, a worshipful response of love and gratitude is produced within us that is pleasing to Him. Worship begins with God, not with us, and that is why we refer to our Sunday morning service as a "Divine Service."
Childlike in faith,
Mature in understanding,
Steadfast in conviction,
Serving with joy.