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Faith Lutheran Church

1656 Lincoln Way

McKeesport (White Oak) PA 15131

412.673.2296

The Rev. Michael Ryan, Pastor

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What happens in worship?

In the Church’s liturgy of Word and Sacrament, the Holy Spirit joins us to Jesus Christ in the worship of his Father.  In that worship, God transforms us into a new people and  prepares us for service in the world. 

The Christian liturgy is an unfolding drama that joins us, God’s children, to the story of God’s relationship with his creation.  Our worship and our lives are centered around the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who frees us from bondage to sin and death through his death and resurrection.

The pattern of worship we use began with Jesus’ first disciples. It has been formed over many centuries and continues to develop today.  Our worship is both traditional and contemporary, because, in it, our praise and prayers are joined with those of all the saints in heaven and on earth as one great cloud of witnesses. Although the liturgy prepares us for contemporary life in our own time and place, it also serves to connect us to the whole Body of Christ in all places and times.  Through the witness of the Apostles, Evangelists, martyrs, teachers, reformers, and all servants and saints of the Lord, the Spirit forms our faith and sends us out to proclaim God’s love for all people. 

Much like any skill, work or tradition that has developed over a long period of time, the liturgy is a practice -- a way of life -- that we learn and grow into the more we do it.   We understand that there are many unfamiliar with the Church’s life and worship, yet those new to the liturgy need not be anxious; worshippers at Faith are eager to welcome and assist people of all backgrounds and traditions, regardless of age or ability -- even noisy children! 

Lutherans believe that Christ is truly present under the forms of bread and wine in the Eucharist.  We celebrate Holy Communion often because our Lord commanded us to do so “in remembrance of me.”  When we are baptized into his Body, the Lord himself invites us to his Supper.  Therefore, all those who are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are welcome to the table at Faith. 

Further directions on how we worship are found in our Worship Booklet.  Please ask Pastor Michael or other worshippers for any assistance that you might need when you join us.

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Worship Schedule

Liturgy of Holy Communion,
Sundays, 10:00 AM

Sunday School for All Ages, 9:00 AM

Evening Service, Saturdays, 4:00 PM

Daily Morning Prayer,
Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM*

*Eucharist on Feast Days at 9:30 AM