How We Worship
Welcome. If you’ve never worshiped with us or visited a church before, know that you are welcome just as you are. We are all children of God – children of all ages are invited to join us in worship.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
When you arrive, please feel free to park in any parking space, whether around the circle or in the larger parking lot. If you are a new visitor, we have visitor parking spaces near the front doors, just for you!
When you enter the front door, you will be met by a greeter and directed across the narthex (lobby) to the ushers at the entrance of the sanctuary (worship space).
The ushers will hand you a bulletin, which will be your road map for the service, as well as coloring sheets for kids if you’re accompanied by little ones. You may sit wherever you would like in the pews, or, if you prefer, the ushers will help you to find a seat.
In the bulletin, the congregational responses are in bold and directions are italicized. In addition, most of the hymns we sing are in the red hymnals (notated in the bulletin with “ELW”) found in the pew racks.
In general, as we move through the service, the pastors will give instructions along the way as to whether or not to sit, stand, etc. And remember, we are all worshiping together, so feel free to ask for help from your pew neighbors if you need it – they will be happy to assist you!
At the beginning of the service, as part of the welcome and announcements, so we can welcome you to worship, you will be invited as a visitor to raise your hand if you feel comfortable doing so.
After our entrance hymn and a prayer of the day, we listen to the readings; this includes a reading from the Old Testament, a Psalm, a reading from the New Testament, and a Gospel reading. After the Gospel reading, children are invited forward for the children’s message.
A sermon connecting our lives with God’s word follows the readings.
When we celebrate Holy Communion in the service, know that this is the Lord’s Supper, not the Lutheran Supper. We believe Christ is present in the bread and wine of Holy Communion to forgive our sins, strengthen our life with Christ and enable us to serve in his name. All baptized Christians are invited to receive bread (or gluten-free wafers) and wine (or grape juice). If you do not receive, you are welcome to come forward for a blessing – just indicate to the pastor(s) that you’d like to receive a blessing.
After the dismissal, people will file out of the sanctuary (worship space), shaking the pastors’ hands. Please introduce yourself to the pastors and sign the guest registry in the narthex (lobby). We look forward to meeting you!
Children and youth are a valued part of our community and welcome to participate fully in worship. They take roles in leadership as ushers, readers, acolytes, crucifers, lectors, and more. The Children’s and Youth Choirs also lift up their voices on a regular basis. Children are invited forward for the Children’s Message after the reading of the Gospel. We also have a nursery for smaller children. While we welcome infants and children in worship, if you or your child needs a break, we invite you to use the nursery or step into the narthex (lobby). Both of these areas are wired to carry the audio for the service.