Worship at First Lutheran
• Journey to the Cross
We gather on Sundays at 11:00 AM to worship with Holy Communion. The season begins with a clear destination in mind. Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem and, in doing so, sets his course toward his own suffering and death. He pauses only to remind his followers to set their faces in the right direction—to repent, serve others, and follow him, even to death. As we journey toward Holy Week, we are reminded again and again to turn around and face Jerusalem
• Midweek Lenten Services
At First Lutheran, worship services are held every Sunday morning. During these times of COVID, the coffee fellowship is on hold until the state enters Phase 3. During the months of February through July, worship is at 11:00 AM; August through January, worship is at 9:00 AM.
We begin by invoking the triune God and generally follow the ancient pattern of liturgy with prayer, confession, forgiveness, singing, scripture reading, preaching, and weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Communion). Through all of this, we seek to point to Jesus Christ and His Good News for us - unpacking the gift of His incarnation, death, and resurrection for our lives and for our world.
During the seasons of Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) and Lent (the six weeks before Easter), we offer special times and spaces for contemplation, worship, and fellowship on Wednesdays.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code at First Lutheran. Dress up, dress casual – no matter how you dress, you will be welcome.
How long is the service?
Worship length will change according to the day, but generally it lasts about an hour.
Can I take Communion (The Lord’s Supper)?
The table is the Lord’s, and all are welcome! In this meal, you receive forgiveness and grace through the gift of Jesus’ body and blood. This eating and drinking is a regular part of the Christian life, initiated and grounded in Baptism.
During Lent, we gather on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM for the “Tree of Life in Lent” worship. Many world religions use the image of the tree of life when depicting their central beliefs and values. For Christians, that tree of life is the cross. This service focuses on the biblical use of the tree of life. Each week a biblical passage and a hymn cast some light on the cross of Christ as our tree of life.
As children of God, we work together as we walk in Christian faith. One way we do this is by sharing our abundance with others. Three Sundays of every month we send blessings into the world.
• The Second Sunday of each month prayer shawls are blessed.
• The Third Sunday of each month food for the food shelf is collected and blessed before being donated to the local food shelf. We pray for those who receive the food that they may be nourished in body and spirit.
• The Fourth Sunday of each month is a Noisy Offering. The monies collected are sent to those in need of relief from natural disasters, or to aid the welfare of others and changes monthly. The offering goes to help people locally, in our state or country, and globally.
• The Fifth Sunday includes a service of healing with laying on of hands and anointing will resume once the State of Montana enters Phase 3.