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Worship - 2018MLC

Worship Ministry

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We worship in many styles and formats and as such, accompany and enhance each worship service uniquely. 

What We Believe

Our beliefs…

We believe in God the Father who created us and all that exists.  We believe in Jesus the Messiah:  God who came to earth overcoming sin and death.  He is our Lord and Savior.  We believe in God, the Holy Spirit, who gives the gift of faith and is constantly at work in the world today.

We believe God is revealed most clearly in the actions and words of Jesus of Nazareth.  He died for our sins and arose from death to assure us of abundant and eternal life with God and all God’s children.

We believe the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God.  Inspired by God’s Spirit, the Bible records and announces God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ.  God’s Word and Spirit speaks to us creating and sustaining the Christian faith for service in the world.

We believe we are ‘God’s People, Reaching Out’ to share the Good News and the gifts our Lord has entrusted to us.  We like our Lutheran emphasis on God’s grace and mercy.  We also like not being alone as Christians.  We rejoice in the faith and hope we share with Christian sisters and brothers near and far.  

Reverend Scott Peterson

Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church

What do Ushers Do?
Ushers play an important role in helping you worship with us at Messiah Lutheran Church.

  • They will hand you a bulletin and any special worship liturgies / worship books needed for that service and collect materials after the service concludes.
  • They can provide audio listening devices for those who are hard of hearing and assist those with physical limitations in finding a seat and arranging for the sacraments of the Lord Supper to be served to them if necessary.
  • Will prompt you when it’s your pew’s time to approach the communion rail for the Lord’s Supper.
  • They can assist in the case of an emergency or illness  which occurs during the service.
Tips for Preparing for Worship
Top five things to do when you take your place in the pew. 

  1. Scan the bulletin and familiarize yourself with the Order of Worship.
  2. Pull out the hymnal which will be used for the service and mark Hymn locations.
  3. Silence any cell phones, tablets, or other devices you have on you.
  4. Greet others quietly, some folks use the time before worship for private prayer and meditation.
  5. Mark your attendance in the black attendance books which are found near the center of the aisles.
Which Hymal Do I use?
The hymn, setting or worship liturgy is always listed at the top of the Sunday service bulletin panel.

  • The Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW in the bulletin) is dark green and hard-bound.
  • The blue, soft-bound, “With One Voice” (WOV) worship book is the other.  Both books are  found on the back of the pew in front of you.  Bibles are located along the lower ledge.
  • When other services are used, the ushers will hand out the worship booklets or folios.

Nifty Tip! Many find it helpful to know that the Orders for Worship are found in the front of a hymnal, with page numbers at the bottom of the page, and that hymns are located in the back of the hymnals with numbers printed on the top of the page.

  • Verbal guidance is given whenever sections of the liturgy or verses of hymns are omitted.
May I Take Communion at Messiah Lutheran Church?

The Lord’s Supper

All baptized Christians who believe in the real presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper are invited and encouraged to receive this precious gift.    Churches serve the Lord’s Supper a variety of ways! Here’s a quick primer on how we “do” communion here.

Communion at Messiah is voluntary, continuous and served at the communion railing.   Guests not communing may remain in their seats. If you wish to participate, but not receive elements, keep your hands to your side when the elements pass in front of you.

Ushers will prompt each row when it’s time to approach the front via the center aisle.

On your side of the sanctuary, move to the farthest right side position of the communion rail. Others should fill in to the left.  (This is illustrated in by the green arrows in the diagram below).     

Hint!  Regardless of what side of the sanctuary you sit on, everyone in front of you in line should be to your right at the altar rail, everyone behind you should end up on your left.   

After you have received the sacraments and when you are ready to return to your seat, return to your pews via the outside aisles on your side of the church.

It’s pretty common that newer folks or guests get a bit mixed up.  We roll with it, and so should you!  

Here a basic diagram showing how you fill in the rails from right to left depending up which side of the church you sit on.

Attending a Lutheran Service

Giving and Offering

Offering & Financial Giving at MLC

  • There are offering envelopes on the back of all pews for your use.
  • If giving cash, include your name, address and phone number on the outside of the envelope.
  • The worship bulletin will state if offerings being collected if other than the general fund of Messiah Lutheran.
  • Weekly giving envelope booklets are printed for members on an annual basis.
  • Many MLC members give online,  and pass the plate on to the next person or place an “I gave online” card in the offering. Information about giving online can be found on the resources page.
  • Designated offerings going to a specific ministry must include the designated ministry on the memo line of the check or envelope.  View a list of MLC’s dedicated accounts.


Scott Peterson
Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church

Lois Graff
Director of Music and Worship Ministries: 

Terry Frakes
Church Council Representative
for Worship and Music

Sunday Volunteer Coordinators:

Updated Jan’ 18
Acolytes: Staci Armstrong
Altar Guild: Jutta DeMarsh
Children’s Church: Mary Mast
Counters: Dan Byers
Greeters: Jeanette Beamer
Lectors:  Sherry Mahafza
Messiah Mugs: Cheryl Rydbom
Ushers: Sharyn Lewis

Coordinators are always looking for new volunteers! 


Pastor Scott Peterson

 About Pastor Scott Peterson

Pastor Scott Peterson came to Madison with his family in 1988 called to start a Lutheran congregation as a mission-developer.  Preaching and teaching God’s Word are his primary work.  He enjoys witnessing the ways that Word bears fruit in missions, music, and building friendships. His wife Bonnie Jane and he are the parents of Rebekah, Christine, and Paul, and grandparents of Jocelyn. Favorite recreation activities are fishing and skiing.