So you’re thinking about coming to worship on Sunday afternoon… Or maybe you want to come hang out with us on a Thursday evening for fellowship… Feeling a bit nervous?
Here’s what you can expect when you come to worship on Sunday afternoon or Wednesday evening:
We do things casually. You’ll see people in everything from their Sunday best to shorts and flip-flops. Come in whatever is comfortable for you! God shows up no matter what you’re wearing!
We do things welcoming. We have a diverse community here at Gamecock Lutheran and we are excited to welcome people of all stages of life, all religious backgrounds, levels of discernment, all genders, all races, and all sexual orientations. God calls you “beloved!” (And we do too!)
We do things communally. While some of the approaches to worship may differ from one ELCA congregation to another, we hold certain things in common. Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. The word proclaimed and the sacraments —both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion — are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.”
There is also a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (From ELCA’s statement on worship.)
We do things personally. We are a smaller campus ministry which means we can focus on each of our students individually. As you wrestle with your own relationship with God, faith, and spirituality, we are available to you for guidance and fellow wrestling. A large part of our ministry is getting to know our students one-on-one and finding out what you’re interested in so we can shape our ministry toward the needs of our students. So let us know if you’d like to go get coffee or a beer!
We do things lovingly. Above all else, we are called to love God and love one another (Mark 12:30-31). We strive for not only deeper theological insight into God’s mission in the world but also deeper love for God, our neighbors, and all of creation.
If you have any other questions about what to expect, feel free to contact us! We would love to get to know you!