READ: For the summer of 2019 (5/12 – 9/15), there will only be one service at 10:00 am. Adult education will be at 9:00 am, followed by worship.
Milwaukie Lutheran Church regularly has two worship services every Sunday morning*.
8:30 am (Traditional Liturgy) – This service follows the same liturgy (what is liturgy?) that Lutherans have been using in worship for hundreds of years, although with hymnody (music) from the last 50 years or so. There will be chanting, praying, responsive liturgy, lighting of candles, and everything that you might expect from a traditional Lutheran worship service. The worship music is accompanied by piano or organ, and will often feature choral music.
11:00 am (Contemporary Liturgy) – This worship service is intentionally deconstructed. That may sound like a mouthful, but what it means is that we keep the core parts of the Lutheran liturgy (Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending), but we creatively experiment with how we do them. You can expect to see some of the same comfortable things that you might expect, but done in different ways. There is different instrumentation: piano, guitar, percussion, wind instruments, etc.; and different music. Some of our music comes from existing contemporary music (done in our own style), and some is music created by our musicians themselves.
*Note – There are occasions when we will have 1 service, which will always be at 10:00 am. The last Sunday of every summer month (May – August) will be a one service Sunday, as well as selected Sundays throughout the year (after Christmas, after Easter, holiday weekends, etc.). Check the website or our Facebook page to check about upcoming services.