I’m a visitor. What can I expect?
Our service centers around Jesus Christ, sin and grace, repentance and forgiveness. Throughout the service, the different elements of worship direct our attention to our Savior and His Word. When you arrive, people from the congregation will certainly introduce themselves to you, and ask if you have any questions. Don’t worry! We won’t point you out during the service. Expect some singing of about 3 or 4 hymns, readings from the Bible, and a sermon from the pastor. Feel free to sing along if and when you are comfortable.
What does it cost?
There is no charge at all. There will be a time in most services when offering plates will be passed for the congregation members to have an opportunity to give an offering to God. This money is used to run our local church, as well as provide support for our synod and missions. Visitors should not feel obligated to give.
I have special needs. What can you do to help?
We are happy to be able to offer you all sorts of amenities.
If you are hard of hearing, we have wireless assisted listening devices. Our microphone systems send everything right to your ears. Ask an usher for assistance.
If your eye sight just isn’t what it used to be, we have large print editions of our hymn book for each service.
If you have trouble getting around, fear not! Our church is fully handicap accessible. An elevator will take you to whichever level you need.
Don’t worry about it. We would rather have noisy children in church than quiet children at home. But if you still feel uncomfortable with fussy kids, we have a cry room with with the sound piped in so you can still hear the service.
How much should I participate?
You are invited to join in any responses as long as you remain comfortable with them. Some of what we say as a congregation is a statement of what we believe. If you do not believe the same, then we do not expect you to confess along with us. Listen. Learn. Grow. If we say what you believe, join in!
In our service we may celebrate Holy Communion, (also called the Lord’s Supper, or less commonly the Eucharist). God wants everyone to receive the blessings of this holy supper, but He has also attached warnings to it. He speaks of taking it “in an unworthy manner” which results in spiritual harm instead of blessing (1 Corinthians 11:28,29). It is also an expression of unity of belief ( 1 Corinthians 10:17). Therefore, if we do not know if you have been instructed in the nature of the Lord’s Supper, or have not examined what we believe to see if you agree with us in full, we may, out of love and care, ask you to refrain from taking the Lord’s Supper yet. We pray that in time, we may express full fellowship with each other and join in this holy meal together.
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code for public worship. Come however you like. We simply ask that you be aware that this is a special hour of the week when God invites us into his presence, and our members may dress in a way that reflects this.
If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like more information, contact the office at (608) 687-3281