Our Worship

Introduction

"Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs."
Psalm 110:2
It can be hard to go to a church for the first time.  There are so many questions that aren't answered in the mailings and newspaper ads.

For example, "Will I know how to get into the building for the service, or will I pick the wrong door?"  "What do I do with my children?"  "What should I wear?"  "What will the service be like?"  Unknown factors like these can make going to a new church intimidating.

With this worship guide we hope we can answer some of the questions you might have about our church before you visit.  We'd like to make your visit with us relaxed and enriching.

Our deepest wish is that when you visit our church, you will hear about your Savior, Jesus, and come to know even better the grace and love of God. Our relationship with him is what our worship is all about, and we hope our worship will help you to have that relationship too.



 

Location

Redeemer Lutheran Church is located just off highway 1806 in the South part of Mandan. Turn right just south of the Heart River bridge and you'll find us just opposite the dog park. Our address is 904 8th Avenue SE We are located just a few blocks east of Fort Lincoln Elementary School. 

We gather for worship on Sunday morning at 9:00AM. We also have a service on Monday evening at 7:00PM. After the service on Sunday mornings we have snacks and beverages available and enjoy time to visit with old friends and meet new ones.

On the first Sunday of each month our pastor travels to Dickinson for a service held at a member's house. That service begins at 3:00 MT.
Contact the church for more information about this new worship opportunity. 

Special services are held on holiday and festival days, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, Wednesday services in the weeks of Lent, Holy Week, Ascension, and Thanksgiving Eve. Watch our main webpage for these special worship dates and times.

Our sermons and children's messages are uploaded each week to our youtube channel at
www.youtube.com/redeemermandan.

The whole service is broadcast on local Cable access channel 12. Each Sunday the previous week's service is shown at 11:30am.



 

Worship Style

Every church has its own style of worship. We hope you'll enjoy the services at Redeemer Lutheran Church, but as in any church you should expect it to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together.

Our services focus on readings from the Bible where we hear God talk to us. Music and singing are an important part of our services too. Loud or soft, in monotone or rich harmony, all our praises are music to God as we respond to hearing his Word. You might even remember a favorite hymn or song to ask our pastor to use in an upcoming service.

Depending on the Sunday of the month, we follow different orders of service, which are printed in the front of our hymnal (or songbook). A general order of service consists of the following parts:

  • The Invocation - We call on the name of our Savior God as we praise him.

  • Admitting sins and finding forgiveness - We acknowledge that we have not always done what God asks.  Then we are assured of forgiveness because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.

  • Bible Readings - We hear selections from God's Old Testament prophets, Jesus' apostles, and from Jesus himself in the Gospels. The pastor also gives a brief explanation of each reading.

  • Children's Sermon - A short and simple explanation of the day's theme in terms that children (and their parents!) can understand.

  • Sermon - Our pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a Bible-based sermon.  We hear how we can expect God's guidance and grace for dealing with problems, as well as the promise of eternal life in heaven through Jesus. In each sermon the pastor explains what God's timeless Word means for our lives today.

  • Response to the Word - We respond with offerings and prayers for the things God has promised to us and for strength to do what he has asked.

  • Parting blessing - We hear one last assurance of God's care.

The service order is also projected on a wall-mounted screen for your convenience. If you have difficulty following along, please don't hesitate to ask a fellow worshipper to help you. 



 

Dress

Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they've never visited before. 

Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, Redeemer Lutheran Church doesn't make any rules either. 

Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time.  This is often reflected in the way they dress. 

But dress is a personal matter of worship before God.  One may dress casually and rejoice that we have a God who accepts us as we are.  Another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King. 

On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties.  When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress, casual or more formal, is acceptable to God . . . and us.



 

Offerings

When will they take the offering? How will it be collected? How much am I expected to give? Do they want visitors to contribute? — These are all common concerns of visitors. 

The Bible teaches that our offerings to God ought to reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. With our offerings, we are simply saying thank you to God. 

Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since they are a gift of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. 

We pass an offering plate during the service, (shortly after the sermon) so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. Our members make use of offering envelopes to keep our gifts a private matter.

A child may bring quarters and dimes that his parents provide. Someone older may write out a check. Both are remembering Jesus and giving their gift out of love for what he has done for us. 

Visitors may give an offering if they want, but should not feel obligated to do so.



 

Common Concerns

"I would just die if they made me standup and say something." We are not here to embarrass you. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. We want you to enjoy your time with us in worship. We will do all we can to help you learn about your Savior. Please do take the opportunity to introduce yourself to others and to the pastor if he does not get a chance to talk to you before the service. 

“My child is going to be noisy.” We encourage you to bring your children to worship. If you feel they are distracting you, feel free to use our “Family Room” which is just next to the main worship room. A window will let you still participate in worship while adjustable sound will help you train your children to listen to the service. 

“I'll feel out of place.” Whenever you go to a new surrounding, it’s natural to feel out of place. Hopefully this worship guide will ease some of your concerns. But don’t feel bad about telling someone that you’re new and may need some help. They will be happy to do so. We all were new at one point. 

“I don't know much about this religion thing.” We want to help you grow in your knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. Worship is one way to do that. We also encourage you to join us for our Family Bible hour at 10:15 on Sundays. Children ages 3 to 8th grade can visit our Sunday school while adults discuss the Word upstairs. Visitors can jump right in or just come and listen. 

“I can't find my way around this church.” — Always feel free to ask for directions. 

“I see people attending Holy Communion. Should I go?” By communing together, our members are expressing a special relationship we have with each other. Out of love for you and love for God's Word, we would ask that you not come up until we have had an opportunity to talk about the sacrament and what it means.



 

Final Thoughts

We pray that this guide helps answer some of your questions and calms some of your fears.  Our goals as a congregation are quite simple.  We want to grow in faith ourselves and we want to share that faith with those people in our community that don't have a church home. Everything we do is meant to accomplish these two goals.  Our families look forward to worshiping God with you. 

We are confident that you will find our worship very meaningful for your life. In addition to the wonderful news that God has for us in the Bible, you will also be uplifted by the beautiful music of our choirs, the beautiful setting of our church building and the love of God on display in the greetings, smiles, and warmth of our members. 

God's blessings to you. We'll see you at church!