Worship at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is shaped by God’s Word and its promise that God comes to us in real and amazing ways. Whether it is to the sound of an organ (5:30 p.m., Saturday, and 8:15 a.m. Sunday) or guitars and drums (10:15 a.m., Sunday), we are gathered to praise God, and to encounter Jesus Christ, in the Word, in Baptism, and in Holy Communion.
Worship is not contained only to our church building! We offer worship at Cedar Ridge Apartments at 1:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. The worship generally follows the liturgy of the preceding Sunday and always offers Holy Communion. In the same way, we also collaborate with area churches to offer worship leadership for residents of the Samaritan Health Care in West Bend.
Baptism is not something we do for God. It is something that God does for us! Through water and God’s Word, God makes us children of God and part of God’s kingdom. It links us to the death of Christ and to his resurrection.
Lutherans baptize people of all ages. Whether you are seeking baptism for yourself or for your child, we would love to share this wonderful gift of God with you! Contact us for more information.
Holy Communion is a gift instituted by Christ during the Last Supper. It’s during Holy Communion that we receive the true Body and Blood of Christ-his real presence with us. It is through Christ’s words, “given for you” and “shed for you…for the forgiveness of sin,” that we receive forgiveness, life and salvation from Christ. We offer Holy Communion at all worship services. You don’t need to be a member of Our Savior’s, or even a Lutheran, to share in Christ’s presence here. The Holy Spirit has gathered us all together here, and Christ has made a place for you at his table.
We offer Holy Communion milestone classes to our 5th graders. They celebrate this important milestone during the Maundy Thursday Worship Service. The child’s family is involved in the Holy Communion Milestone Service. We also work with families who wish for their children to begin sharing Holy Communion at a younger age with appropriate instructions and preparation.
Our Lord Jesus healed many as a sign of the reign of God come near and sent the disciples to continue this work of healing-with prayer, the laying on of hands, and anointing. In the name of Christ, the great healer and reconciler of the world, we entrust to God all who are in need of healing.
Those who sense the need for God’s healing in any aspect of their lives may come forward to receive the gifts of prayer, anointing, and of the laying on of hands. These signs, first given in baptism, tell us again that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked forever with the cross of Christ, who is health and salvation for the whole world.
In its ministry of healing, the church does not replace the gifts of God that come through the scientific community. The church offers and celebrates gifts such as these: God’s presence with strength and comfort in time of suffering, God’s promise of wholeness and peace, and God’s love embodied in the community of faith.
We incorporate a healing service into our worship whenever there is a fifth Sunday of a month.
God is present and active in all aspects of our lives, even outside Sunday and beyond the walls of our church building. We strive to make these connections with several special worship services.
All Hallow’s Eve
Did you know that, before Trick or Treating, before Halloween as we know it, there was a Christian Holiday called All Hallow’s Eve? For hundreds of years All Hallow’s Eve was a Christian Festival which recalled the lives of the great saints of Christian history as well as loved ones who had died. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church marks All Hallow’s Eve with an annual worship service that focuses on the promise of the resurrection future which Christ has won for us.
For some people, the joy of Christmas may be overshadowed by the loss of a loved one or some other difficult times in life. They may feel as if the joy and festivities of Christmas are not for them. The Blue Christmas worship is a time and place to offer our grief to God and to realize the true reason Christ came in to our world-to bring forgiveness, healing, and hope. It is a quiet, peaceful worship which focuses on the light Christ brings into our darkness.
Blessing of the Bikes
We kick off summertime by setting aside a weekend when we offer a prayer for a blessing of the bikes during each of our worship services. Cyclists of all ages wheel bikes of all shapes and sizes into the sanctuary for the blessing. Motorcycles are also offered a blessing following the 10:15 a.m. worship.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Every autumn, near the beginning of the school year we hold a blessing of the backpacks during our worship services. Students, teachers, and anyone else who desires to take part, are invited to come to the altar with their backpacks and briefcases to receive a prayer and blessing for the year of learning, teaching, and working to come. A token reminding us of God’s love is given to attach to bags.
Blessing of the Pets
The Blessing of the Pets acknowledge God’s love, care, and concern for all of creation. The blessing takes place in the churchyard on or near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th. All animals are welcome! In the past, horses, rats, tortoises, parakeets, goldfish, cats, and dogs have been part of this joyous event!