Worship

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Summer Worship Schedule

Sunday mornings:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship, with hymns and sung liturgy
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship, music with the Praise Team


Sunday, September 4 - Labor Day Weekend 
Special Worship Schedule
We worship together in one Traditional Worship Service at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday September 11 - Rally Day and Church Picnic
Special Worship Schedule
We worship together in one Contemporary Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. 
Outdoors, under the tent, preceeding the picnic at noon.



Regular Worship Schedule resumes September 18:
Sunday mornings:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship, with hymns and sung liturgy
9:45 a.m. Education Hour
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship, music with the Praise Team

 


 
 
REQUEST YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC!
 
We know you have favorites! We know there are some of our hymns and contemporary worship songs that are especially meaningful for you! Same for us. And we want to include your favorites during summer worship this year!
 
So please tell us:
• which song you want to sing
• the Sunday(s) you would prefer to have it scheduled
• why this song is especially meaningful for you, what it says to you, and your permission to include your comments in the worship bulletin
• how we can best contact you to confirm the Sunday your song will be included in worship so you can be sure to be with us that morning
 
Music Request Forms are available in the church narthex, and also may be downloaded here:  TRADITIONAL HYMNS
                                        CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP SONGS
 
The forms include lists of hymns and songs that we sing regularly, for your reference to help you remember your favorites.




 
 

HOPE will continue to present our worship services on-line
each Sunday morning on Facebook live:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship,
                      with hymns and sung liturgy
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship,
                      music with the Praise Team
These services will include the reading of the Word, prayers, and a message from Pastor Andrews. 
 Although we may not all be physically present together, we are all one in the Spirit, and united as God’s children in HOPE.  


Click  here  to go to the Facebook page.

 
Starting Palm Sunday, April 10, we will be returning to offering Holy Communion in its normal place in our worship service. However, for those watching our livestream, the ELCA reminds us that Holy Communion takes place in the assembly (Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns: COVID-19/Coronavirus, Updated March 20, 2020; “The Use of the Means of Grace” Principle 39). That is, we are strongly discouraging you from participating virtually in communion using your own bread or crackers, and wine or juice, as the elements are to be physically blessed by the pastor. As an alternative for those attending virtually, we will be offering communion element kits (wafer and juice), that have been pre-blessed by the pastor, which you can pick up at the church the week before the next worship service. This will allow you to join with those of us who will be participating in Holy Communion here, live at the church.
Of course, if you can be with us, that would be the best solution!
 

 


RESTORING HOPE
 

Public worship is open to all at Hope Lutheran Church. 
In response to  guidance from the State of Illinois and the Centers for Disease Control, your Worship & Music Committee has taken steps as necessary to continue to protect our congregation.  Here is what we currently have in place.
 
High-risk populations: Each individual is encouraged to consider whether going to church could adversely affect their health.  We understand that some may not be comfortable attending worship in the sanctuary.  With that in mind we will offer alternative seating in the large fellowship hall, with the worship service live-streamed to the TV in the room, to maximize social distancing. Those who are ill or exhibit symptoms are asked to wait until they are recovered before attending church in person.
 
Live-streaming:  We will continue to live-stream our worship services so that those who choose to do so may participate remotely. 
 


Social Distancing:  Out of respect for others, all are requested to maintain at least 6 feet of separation between themselves and other people.  We have marked off the sanctuary to identify seating with 6 feet of distance between each space.  Members of the same family may sit together, but should maintain 6 feet of separation from the nearest other congregant.  

Masks: Face masks are no longer required, but are encouraged for the protection of those who are at risk. 
 
Singing and Group Recitation:  We encourage silent participation by the congregation in singing, and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, etc. 
 
Communion: We have purchased individual, self-contained communion “kits,” each of which contains a wafer and grape juice.  We will be offering these for communion to minimize personal contact.
 
Offering: We will be providing a basket at the back of the sanctuary for members to drop off their offering upon exiting.  Envelopes and pencils are available in the narthex for those who wish to place their offering in an envelope.
 
General hygiene: All hymnals and other public materials have been removed from the sanctuary.  The order of worship and music will be broadcast on the projection screen or provided in individual programs. Containers of hand sanitizer are placed at convenient locations in the building, for members’ use.  Signs are posted throughout the building to remind members of steps to prevent viral transmission: wearing masks, washing hands thoroughly, avoiding physical contact with others, etc.  Congregants are encouraged to only allow one person in a bathroom at any time, and to limit contact with “high-touch” areas (i.e., door handles, etc.)




 
 

WORSHIP SERVICES

 

At Hope Lutheran Church, we gather each Sunday for community worship.  We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  We offer a Traditional Service at 8:30 AM and a Contemporary Service at 11:00 AM.  Both worship services include music, the reading of scripture, prayer, responsive readings, a youth message, a sermon and an offering of gifts.  The weekly church bulletin outlines the service to make it easy to follow along.  We invite you to choose the worship service that best fits your worship style and your schedule.

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP SERVICE - 8:30 A.M.

This service follows our Lutheran traditions and worship with familiar hymns. Traditional liturgy and hymns from the Lutheran Book of Worship and other sources are sung and accompanied by the organ and piano. Special music is provided regularly by our choir, bell choir, and organist. Scripture readings and the sermon are an integral part of our worship. Holy Communion is celebrated at this service on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays each month.
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP SERVICE - 11:00 A.M.

Worship with a beat! This service incorporates contemporary music led by our Praise Team. The structure of the service is less formal, focusing on the weekly Gospel message through music, readings and the sermon. The Contemporary service includes Holy Communion every week.

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