First and foremost, we gather to receive from God all of the gifts He has to offer to us. We gather around His Word and Sacraments and receive faith, forgiveness, salvation and everything else necessary to live the new life in Christ He gives us.
Through the preaching and teaching of God's Word and the administration of the Sacraments, our Lord gives us growth as Christians. This growth shows itself by our response to His gifts: We worship Him in song, We confess to Him our sins, We take care of each other as fellow members of the Body of Christ.
We gather to be equipped to share what God has given us with our neighbors. We go from the gathering ready to be salt and light in the world through the sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection with words as well as serving our neighbors with our actions.