Our Worship Service

Streaming: During the CoVid-19 pandemic, we are not currently holding in person services. Our paired-down live-streamed service misses much of the call and response of our normal liturgy but is done live to mimic the feel of Sunday morning. We have music to listen to and sing along with, a sermon, and prayers for the church in about 30 minutes. Join us on Facebook Live Sundays at 10 AM until we can again worship together.

In Person: We are a liturgical church but don’t let that scare you!  It isn’t stuffy or hard to catch onto.  We are proud to use contemporary and traditional music to express our deep love for God. 


Here’s some things you can expect to find when you can again worship with us in person:

  • A Lutheran Liturgy.

  • A Lutheran Hymnal for singing songs (hymns).

  • Scripture readings.

  • Communion (bread and wine which is the body and blood of Christ) served every Sunday.  It is for EVERYBODY – not just Lutherans!

  • A great choir to help lead the music and a lovely bell choir.

  • Sermons which don’t go on too long and are to-the-point.

  • A children's sermon.


March 22, 2020

This morning it is very fortunate that our Psalm is the familiar 23rd Psalm.  It is also not so fortunate that our Psalm is the familiar 23rd Psalm.  Both ways of looking at it speak to our challenge with the Covid 19 strain of the Coronavirus.  I’ll get to both. But first let me start with why we are fortunate to be reading this particular Psalm on this particular Sunday.

This is the first Sunday in my 40+ years of m...

March 8, 2020

Today’s gospel is from St. John.  It can be a lot to digest. St. Augustine chose an eagle to represent St. John because he felt the theology of the fourth gospel soured so high above the other gospels.  However, sometimes John can get so high up that it is difficult for hear it or for preachers to bring it down to earth. 

Today’s gospel is like that to some extent.  There is a philosophical/theological discussion goin...

February 23, 2020

They say that God is especially pleased with the taxi drivers on Mt. Tabor in the Galilee region of the Holy Lands.  Why? Because as those taxis drive too fast up and down the mountain roads, sliding around the curves with no guard rails, more praying goes on in those few minutes than in any other time!  But why do so many people want to get up to the top of Mt. Tabor?  

The tourists are risking their lives going...

February 2, 2020

    Dribbling, passing, shooting.  In basketball it’s called “the basics.”  They are the skeletal talents of the game which one must master before anything else.  A team that cannot dribble, pass, or shoot cannot win. In football it is blocking, passing, and kicking.   In baseball it is pitching, catching, and hitting. These are the fundamentals that they practice repeatedly until they are good at them.  In any sport, the basi...

January 26, 2020

    Let me make this disclaimer at the beginning.  I am not a fisherman – at least not much of one.  Oh, this doesn’t mean that I don’t like to fish. I do and I have enjoyed crabbing with Matt recently.  But fishing is not something I do regularly. I don’t even own my own pole. Now, my father was one of those once-a-year-fishermen who would go to Canada with his buddies for a week in the summer.  One year, after his buddies co...

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Pastor Carl's Sermon Podcast

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Christ the Servant Lutheran Church

The Rev. Dr. Phillip A. Carl

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