Our worship services follow the tradition preserved and amended through the generations from early Christendom. As such none of our orders of service are Lutheran inventions, although they were reformed and corrected for Lutheran use in the days of the Reformation. Christians from Anglican, Roman Catholic, and other denominations will recognize many familiar elements of our worship services.
We use the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, Published by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (formerly the Norwegian Synod) in 1996. The Hymnary includes a number of orders of worship, including four variations of the Divine Service, the Office of Prime (for early morning), Matins (morning), and Vespers (evening).
Just as our orders of worship are not strictly Lutheran, but representative of Christian worship far predating the Reformation era, so also the hymns in our Hymnary are not all the product of Lutherans. The hymn selections in the Hymnary are examples of the finest of Christian worship hymns handed down through the centuries. Hymn authors and composers represent a variety of Christian traditions, because great hymns, proclaiming the truth of Christ, and grounded in Holy Scripture, are treasures regardless of the denomination affiliation of the author.