Good Shepherd Lutheran Church | Burnsville, MN

Traditional Worship

At Good Shepherd we know a “style” of “feel” of worship can be a significant part of connecting with a church home and ministry.


Element Traditional
Summary Tone is reverent and respectful. A traditional worship service has more structure, uses more traditional hymns closer to their original arrangements, but still on occasion include a mix of contemporary styles. It is where you first calm yourself to seek God and be in the presence of God.  The history of the church and historic Lutheran worship is evident.
Atmosphere Mood would match the service theme for the day, but would tend more to creating a contemplative/reflective mood, creating a more sacred, reverent space.
Musical Instruments Main instrument would be organ and baby grand piano with enhancements of classical instruments (brass, strings, etc.)
Choir All welcome. Adult & Children Choir
Praise Team None
Liturgies Use of CW and CWS orders of service
Creed Apostle’s or Nicene
Bulletin Printed weekly
Midweek Advent & Lent Traditional style
Musicians Individual organists/keyboardists with other instrument augments.
Children’s Church Children’s message before sermon on non-communion Sundays.
Sermon Same sermon each service (sensitivity to a 20 minute timing)
Preservice Quiet and reverent – prayer or opening slide on PPT
Prayers Written and scripted in liturgy
Lord’s Prayer YES –
Ushers Outside worship area – current practice. Ushers asked to dress in suit or church dress (pants and button shirt)
Communion Distribution Traditional Distribution – Common and individual cup. Maintain kneeling practice.
Where do singers sing From choir loft
Greeting Done by pastor – Greeting of worshippers; introduce theme
Pastoral Garb Gowns & appropriate stoles
Streaming Yes
Use of video Yes – as needed
Mission Minutes Planned and scheduled during offering (sound matches the tone/flow of worship)
Guest interaction Friendship register; getting started cards
Dress More formal (see ushers) – tie dress slacks, etc.
Altar Committee Same as current
Planning Teams Team with individuals to focus and plan traditional worship (Current: Pastor Mike, Laura & Karen B.)


Preacher does whole service