Whether you are browsing for a new worship experience or have been a member of our congregation for many years, we welcome you home! We have made sweeping changes to our worship experience in response to Covid-19 social distancing. Please note that our services and activities are taking place outdoor in our pavilion at 10AM and via Zoom Conferencing and Face Book Live. For Zoom login information, follow the link below.
St. Jacob’s has so much to offer to you and your family - from our blended outdoor service to various opportunities to become involved in the congregation and community. We look forward to re-starting delayed programming as soon as it is safe to do so. Please explore our site for details about our worship services, education programs and music ministry. If you have additional questions, be sure to check out our Guest Information page. You are also welcome to contact the church by email or phone: 330-877-2676. The office is generally open Monday through Thursday from 9AM - 3PM.
A Foundation of Faith for Everything We Do
For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world.
Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.
While some of the approaches to worship may differ from one ELCA congregation to another, we hold certain things in common. Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. The word proclaimed and the sacraments —both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion — are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.”
There is also a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. -From: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Worship
Worship is indeed the foundation of our journey with Christ. Most congregations have seen a huge number of changes in worship in the past few years, some brought on by the pandemic, others by adjustments in membership, and many as a way to reach out to people who need to hear the gospel in new ways. We, at St. Jacob's have also seen these changes. It is important for us to listen together for what the Holy Spirit is calling our worship service to look like in the near future.
To this end:
· We will learn and think about different aspects of worship in this new Evangel column called Worship Matters.
· We will meet together to talk about what feeds and shapes us in worship. Plan to attend one of these meetings:
Sunday, October 17th right after worship
Tuesday, October 26th at 7pm
Please come and be at part of this important discussion about what worship will look like at St. Jacob’s!
Pastor Angel is leading a Bible Study on Mondays at Noon via Zoom. Login information is emailed to those on our mailing list so be sure to sign up for it, or you can send an email and the log-in information will be sent to you.
Pastor Angel will go live on Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9pm with Night Prayer. This is a service for the end of the day that helps us to turn our day over to God and prepare for rest with confession, a Bible passage, and prayer. Click HERE for a copy of the liturgy to follow along.
We are meeting outdoor for worship in our pavilion Sundays at 10AM...details. During rain and on the first Sunday of July, August & September we will meet in-person inside
Video of our services are available via our website and YouTube
Join live via Face Book Live for Worship on Sundays at 10am.Edit