Welcome to Community Lutheran Church! At CLC, we seek to welcome others, grow in grace, and share Christ’s love. Our mission focuses on God’s grace and sharing Christ’s love through education, worship, and service. We are a Congregation of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
During the summer, we meet on Sundays at 8:00am and 10:30am, with an education hour for adults at 9:30am. Children’s Church begins on July 10th during the 10:30am service. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn more about CLC!
We’re glad you’re here!
21014 Whitfield Place
Sterling, Virginia 20165
What to Expect
First of all, welcome! We are glad you found our website and we hope this page will give you a better idea of what to expect on a Sunday morning.
The Style of Worship
We use a traditional, liturgical form of worship here at Community. We follow the fourfold order of worship in which we gather together, hear God’s Word, come to the Lord’s Table for Communion (Eucharist), and are sent back into the world, strengthened for service. While our music comes from a variety of times and places, it consists mainly of hymns rather than contemporary music. We celebrate Holy Communion weekly at each service on Sunday mornings.
If you have children, they are welcome here! We have a nursery for smaller children. We welcome infants and children in worship. However, if you or your child needs a break, we invite you to use the nursery or step into the narthex (foyer). Both of these areas are wired to carry the audio for the service.
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 the Gospel reading, children are invited forward for the children’s message.
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 and wine (or grape juice). If you do not receive, you are welcome to come forward for a blessing – just indicate that you’d like to receive a blessing to the pastor.
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!
Should you have any questions about what to expect, please feel free to call the church at (703) 430-6006 or to e-mail one of the pastors: Pastor Joe Vought (email@example.com) or Pastor Annabelle Markey (firstname.lastname@example.org).