I’m new. What should I expect?
Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before the service starts. That will give you time to park and sign in on our guest book. Voice that you're a visitor to one of our greeters and they'll be sure to answer any questions you may have. Make sure you get into the sanctuary before the service begins and don't hesitate to reach out to any member beforehand and let them know you're visiting. Anyone would be happy to sit by you throughout the service and guide you through if necessary.
Out of respect and reverence for God, you'll find that most of our members dress in nicer attire. There is no requirement for this and you may dress as you're comfortable, but when in doubt, modest clothing would be appropriate.
As you enter the santuary, you'll be given a bulletin with worship information printed inside. Follow the order of worship in the Lutheran Service Book provided in your pew. If you find yourself lost at any time, reach out to someone near you. They'd be glad to help!
Scripture teaches that the Lord's Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused (1 Corinthians 11:27-29), and that participation in the Lord's Supper is an act of confession of faith, the LCMS congregations ordinarily commune only those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings.
We welcome children in worship and support families worshiping together. However, if your child becomes fussy or in need of special attention, there is a cry room that can be accessed just outside the sanctuary door to your left.