Sunday Worship

Offering Christian Worship in Swahili and English

The people gathered for worship

English
Every Sunday 11am
Swahili
Every 1st & 3rd Sunday 2pm

Our worship services are interactive, enjoyable, and based in the Holy Scripture.

When you come to St. Anne’s, you are joining the billions of Christians around the world in a tradition that’s at once both ancient and modern. It’s ancient because it’s essentially the same thing Christians have been doing for millennia. However, with diversity in prayer and music, our worship is also 21st-century modern.

Lutherans around the globe celebrate a liturgy very close to the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions. “Liturgy” just means that services are participatory, with the congregation taking part in the celebration of word and sacrament. This means that you will experience a church service with four parts when you come to St. Anne’s. To read more about the liturgy, click here.

Gathering

A bell rings and the organ plays as we gather our hearts and minds together to hear God’s word and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We sing and we pray, both asking God for mercy and celebrating God’s goodness. We confess our sins and hear the promise that God forgives us all.

Word

After the gathering, we read two lessons from the Bible and sing a Psalm, an ancient song to God that we have inherited from our Jewish brothers and sisters. Then, we stand and sing, celebrating the Gospel reading, welcoming the good news of Jesus Christ. After the Gospel is read, there are hymns, a children’s address, and a sermon. The sermon interprets the scriptures we just heard and applies it to our daily lives – a tradition that is both ancient and modern.

Meal

“Take and eat. This is my body, given for you, do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24

After hearing God’s word, we then celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion, or Eucharist. Following the command of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we set apart bread and wine as holy, give thanks for it, and share it. Lutherans believe that this bread and wine truly become the body and blood of Jesus, and we celebrate this sacrament for the forgiveness of our sins.  We call it a “meal” because it nourishes us with God’s presence, empowering us to love and serve all the world. All are welcome to the table.

Sending

Fed by the body and blood of Jesus, we are then sent out into the world to love and serve each other. This involves a blessing and some instructions, “Go in peace, Serve the Lord,” which is met by a kind of cheer, “Thanks be to God!” After the announcements, we have tea and cakes.

All are welcome!