We are a Liturgical Church

Here at Pella we use an Order of Service, or liturgy, from the Lutheran Service Book located in the pews.  Weekly bulletins are printed to help everyone follow along during the worship services. These bulletins contain the Bible readings, announcements or other information for members and guests. You can find a sample of the bulletin here.

Holy Communion

One special part of the Sunday service that visitors need to know about is Holy Communion (a.k.a. The Lord’s Supper or The Sacrament of the Altar).  In Holy Communion Jesus Christ gives the communicant His true body and blood “in, with, and under” the bread and wine through which He offers and gives the forgiveness of sins      (II Cor. 11:23-29).

We receive the Lord's Supper, believing the Word of Jesus, that He gives into our mouths His true body and blood, miraculously united to the bread and wine, to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins, and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another. Our Lord invites to His table those who trust His Word, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love one another, even as He forgives and loves us. God's Word teaches us that those who eat and drink our Lord's body and blood in an unworthy manner do so to their great harm, and that this Holy Communion is a confession of the faith that is confessed in this church. Therefore any who are not yet instructed, who are in doubt, or are members of a congregation not in the fellowship of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and yet desire to commune, are asked to kindly speak with the pastor ahead of time. (Matt. 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15-35; 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 10:16-21; 11:17-34).