"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."
The Divine Service at Nain follows a traditional liturgy, through which we receive God’s gift of the forgiveness of sins through his means of grace—the Gospel in Word and Sacraments.
In the Divine Service, believers gather together to receive God's mercy, proclaim and confess their Christian faith, and worship the Lord through prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. This body of believers gathers under the name of the Triune God and around the means of grace. We preach repentance and the forgiveness of sins. We come together to encourage and strengthen one another, to visit, and to work together for the glory of God.
We celebrate the Lord's Supper (i.e. Holy Communion; the Sacrament of the Altar) every Sunday and at other services throughout the year. Visitors are asked to read the following statement about what we believe, teach, and practice concering this sacrament and speak with Pastor Berg before communing with us.
The Holy Bible teaches the celebration of the Lord's Supper is an expression of unity in faith and teaching (to be ‘in communion’ means to share and hold in common). By eating and drinking at our Lord’s Table, we are not only sharing Christ’s true Body and Blood, but we are also confessing that we publicly hold in common the same teachings of God’s Holy Word.
We therefore invite to Holy Communion only those Christians who share the same teachings to which we hold, all the while recognizing the true spiritual unity and fellowship of all true Christians in God’s Holy Christian Church (i.e. the Communion of Saints). Confirmed members of Nain and confirmed visiting members of sister congregations in the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod) are welcome to commune.
If you are a member of another Lutheran synod, another Christian denomination, or of another belief, we ask that you refrain from communing with us at this time. We do this out of love and in accordance with God’s words through St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11. The Pastor would be happy to speak with you if you have interest in communing in the future, or have any other questions or concerns about our practices. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for respecting our beliefs.