What to Expect
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.
At Community Lutheran, people wear the clothes that make them feel most comfortable worshiping God. There is not an expectation of a certain style of dress. You would not be out of place in jeans, or in a shirt and tie, or anything in-between.
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, visitors will be invited to raise their hands so we can welcome you to our community.
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.
Children and youth are an integral part of our community and welcome to participate fully in worship. They take roles in leadership as ushers, readers, acolytes, crucifers, lectors, communion servers, and more. The Children’s and Youth Choirs also lead us in song on a regular basis.
Each Sunday, children are invited forward for the Children’s Message after the reading of the Gospel.
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).
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14).