790 Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34285    941-488-4942
To Know Christ and Boldly Make Him Known
Lutheran Worship
Worship in word and sacrament is at the center of the Church's life.  For Lutherans, the Word and the sacraments are the means God uses to share God's love with the world.  It is no surprise that we share with many other Christians a simple but ancient pattern for the Sunday assembly.  Emmanuel primarily uses liturgy and music found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the commended worship resource of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  We print out worship texts and music in a weekly worship folder to make it easy to follow.  If you attend worship at Emmanuel, you will see these four parts of our service as headings in the worship folder:

GATHERING - The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.  This time usually includes confession and forgiveness (or thanksgiving for baptism) and song, but always includes a greeting and opening prayer.

WORD - God speaks to us in scripture reading, psalm singing, preaching and song and we respond in creed and prayers.

MEAL - a collection for the needs of the world and the mission of the church is gathered, the table is set, thanksgiving is offered and God feeds us in Holy Communion with the presence of Jesus Christ.  All who desire to affirm their faith in Jesus Christ are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

SENDING - God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

Come as you are!  Some wear their "Sunday best" while others might be in shorts and t-shirts.  There is no specific dress code.  We look forward to having you worship with us.