Advent-St. Nicholas was formed when small English-speaking Lutheran and Episcopal congregations joined together. Our History Because of this history, the form of our worship is largely based on the liturgical traditions of the Lutheran and Anglican Churches. However, we also use resources from other traditions.
We normally celebrate the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, also called the Lord’s Supper and Holy Communion, on the first and third Sundays of each month. All persons with a sincere interest in knowing God are welcome to receive communion, regardless of their denominational background or where they are on their spiritual path.
On communion Sundays we form a circle around the altar to receive the bread and wine, and we exchange the Peace
We normally observe the second and fourth Sundays of the month with a liturgy of the word, prayer, and praise. On fifth Sundays we vary our liturgical patterns with a more freeform liturgy, often celebrating a particular theme. For example, we have recently had a fifth-Sunday service that featured singing “old favorite” hymns and another that featured congregational dancing.
A “fifth Sunday” service celebrates “Worship in Motion”
We observe the seasons and major festivals of the church year, and the sacrament of baptism.
Advent wreath and Christmas tree
Palm Sunday procession with branches
“Mikaela Ruth, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”
We are blessed in having talented musicians who use their skills to beautify our praise of God.
Sarah Araque accompanies the hymns and directs the singing. Sherry Vogt plays flute accompnaiment and solos.
Our volunteer choir, The Lofty Voices, meets at 8:30 AM, a half hour prior to the beginning of the morning service, to practice the anthem that they will offer that day.
We sing an eclectic selection of classical and contemporary hymns, chorales, gospel songs, and spirituals. A liturgical dance group adds an additional dimension to our worship on special occasions.
Dance for Pentecost: Veni Sancte Spiritus