Worship

At First Lutheran Chambersburg, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. We gather every Sunday morning in the Sanctuary on the second floor. (Elevator available)

10:45 during the school year

9:30 from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Every Friday morning we gather at 9 a.m. in the Chapel (first floor) for a communion service, including prayers for healing.

Holy Communion is offered of the first and third Sundays of the month and on festival Sundays.

Sunday Worship

Worship Service on Easter SundayJoin us for Sunday Worship each week at 10:45am (9:30am in Summer). Communion is celebrated the first and third Sundays of every month and on festivals. Our church is proud to have one of the finest choirs in the area, making it easy to sing along as we worship. Nursery is provided for infants and toddlers. All are welcomed to hear God’s Word and to share in the sacrament of communion.

What to expect when you come to Sunday Worship:

We greet you at the door. Upstairs at the sanctuary entrance an usher will give you a bulletin. You are welcome to sit on the main level or in the balcony.

The bulletin guides us through the service with notes about congregational responses, standing and sitting, singing hymns (with music printed in the bulletin) and participation in Holy Communion.

The Pastor begins the service by greeting the congregation with announcements about the life of the congregation. We listen to the prelude to prepare ourselves for worship.

During the service we listen to God’s word from the Bible. The Pastor calls children forward for a children’s message. We then offer a hand or a hug to our neighbors as we share God’s peace with one another.

As the service ends, the Pastor sends us out with the words, “Go in peace. Serve the Lord,” to which we respond, “Thanks be to God”.

Lay Readers

During Sunday worship, members of the congregation read two Bible lessons assigned for the day and lead the congregation in reading a psalm. If you would like to be one of our lectors (lay readers) talk to Freda Dorand or the Pastor.

Friday Communion and Healing Service

holy-communionOn Friday mornings at 9:00am we gather in the chapel for an informal service of Communion and Healing. Each week, the service features readings from scripture, preaching of the Gospel, the laying on of hands, and annointing with oil for the healing of any kind of ailment; physical, emotional, or spiritual. All are welcome to commune and participate. Come to the Lord’s table and be at peace.

Children in Church

Children are welcome at worship! Having children of all ages in worship means they are right where they’re meant to be. As members of the family of God, they are in the process of learning how to worship — just like the rest of us.

Children can pick up a Children’s Bulletin and a package of crayons on the way into worship. During the service all children are invited to come forward for a time with the pastor. They need to hear that they are part of God’s story and that God’s promise is for them.

All children who have been baptized may receive Holy Communion, and may come forward with their parents during the serving of communion, or parents may chose to have them receive a spoken blessing.

Nursery

We offer a nursery on the first floor near the elevator for children age 4 and younger during the worship time. Sometimes having children with you in worship can be challenging! You may want to have your children with you through the time of the children’s sermon and then have them join you again prior to communion.

Accessible and Comfortable

First Lutheran offers a variety of accommodations and options in order to enhance your worship experience. Our sanctuary is air-conditioned for your comfort. Accessibility is provided for those in need including ramp entrances with an automatic door at the west end of the building and elevator service. Handicapped seating is available upon entrance to the sanctuary. We also offer large-print bulletins for those with visual impairments and amplification devices for those who are hearing impaired. Home communion and visitation as well as video tapes of the worship service are provided to those who are unable to attend services. Please inform a greeter, member, or pastor if you are in need of additional assistance to facilitate your worship experience.