What to expect on a typical Sunday

A typical Sunday worship service encourages the congregation’s full participation through singing, reading and praying. You are welcome to engage as you feel comfortable or just watch, listen and learn.

Here are a few things you may be wondering about:

Are there many children in worship?  Our congregation is very diverse and children are invited to participate in worship along with their parents.  Most weeks, we have a sermon oriented directly to our children.  They receive a special bulletin, with age-appropriate activities that connect to theme of the day.  Activity bags are also available from the ushers if your child is restless.

Do I have to bring my children into worship? Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in worship.  Our PrayGround, located under the Good Shepherd window in the sanctuary, is designed to help young children interact more fully with worship.  If you have a child age 3 or under, we invite you to sit in a pew or on the floor and let your children play out what they are noticing in worship.  Soft toys, books, and crayons are provided.  This space was created to meet the needs of the youngest among us.  If you feel a need for another space for your little one to wiggle, the nursery with a changing table and bathroom, is available for your use.  The sound from the sanctuary is piped in, enabling you to hear the service. 

Is the church handicapped accessible? Our church is accessible to people with disabilities. There is an elevator at street level directly adjacent to the main entrance of the church on Perrin Street.

For directions and parking information, see the “Parking/Directions” page here.

Will anyone notice me?  Do I have to stand up and introduce myself?  Upon arriving at the church, a greeter will meet you at the door with a friendly smile and a “Good Morning” and is there to answer any questions you might have about getting around the church facility.  Otherwise, you can be as anonymous as you would like.  We would love the opportunity to get to know you better, though, so please consider introducing yourself to a Pastor as you leave worship.

How will I know what to say and do?  The whole order for service is printed in the bulletin, making it easy to take part and follow even for someone new to the Lutheran Church.  Hymns are typically found in the red hymnal in the pew.

What happens in worship?  We gather with God’s people.  We confess our sins and hear God’s promise of forgiveness.  We communicate our joys, concerns, praise and thanksgiving with God through prayer and song.  We hear about what God has done through reading from Scripture and through preaching.  We are fed by God’s meal of bread and wine.  We commit ourselves to serving God as we leave worship.

What about Holy Communion?  All are welcome to share in Christ’s meal of forgiveness and grace.  Children who do not yet commune are welcome to come forward for a blessing.  (If you feel your child is ready to receive or have additional questions, please speak with one of our Pastors.) You can find additional notes about the Sacrament in the service portion of the bulletin on the day that you worship. The ushers will direct those in your pew to the front of the church for Communion at an appropriate time.

 I’ve heard that Lutherans like to drink coffee.  Will you have coffee?  Between the two worship services during the school year, and after the worship service during the summer, we invite you to join us for a cup of coffee or tea or lemonade and a donut (or sometimes even ice cream sundaes after worship on Thursday nights in the summer!).  A casual, friendly atmosphere lets visitors and guests interact and socialize with others in the congregation.