What to Expect
I'd want to know something about a church I was visiting for the first time. I expect you would to. So....
What's a service like? We follow a traditional liturgical Lutheran order of Divine Service that includes Confession and Forgiveness, the reading of Psalms and Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel Readings, Prayers, Hymns, Sermon, a confessional statement (Apostles' or Nicene Creed), Offering, and the Lord's Supper. Our Divine worship service focuses on God in Christ - His service to us and our response to Him. As those who believe in one God in three Persons (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) we join in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving for the God of all creation who sent His Son to us to reclaim those lost in sin. Our worship has been wonderfully constructed over centuries to reflect God's holiness and love for His creation and our response as those who have been saved from eternal damnation by the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.
How do people dress? Some dress casually. Others dress more formally. It's really up to you. We're here to honor and worship God and receive the blessings and benefits that come to us through His Word and Sacraments. That said, we have great respect for Christ's Church and especially His presence among us at worship. Out of respect, we are reverent in our dress and behavior. Clothing should fit the season and not be offensive to others.
What about my children? Bring them, please, to join us! We love children and would do nothing to discourage their attendance at worship. We offer Sunday School before worship and encourage children to be with their families during the service. "Let the children come to me." Jesus said. "for to such belongs the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:16)
May I receive Holy Communion? That depends on whether or not you are a member of a Lutheran Church that is in fellowship with the Missouri Synod. If you have not been instructed in the Lord's Supper, are in doubt about what we believe, teach and confess, or hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, you are encouraged to speak to the Pastor before the service. Our desire is that you are prepared to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in a worthy manner, as Scripture teaches. The following statement outlines our Church's position on the Sacrament:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod practices close[d] Communion for two main reasons. First, we are a close fellowship. We all believe and confess the same things, especially about Holy Communion. We express and celebrate that close Communion with each other when we commune together. The second reason is more serious. Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 11:29 make it important for us to teach people about Holy Communion, or at least be sure they have been taught, before giving it to them. St. Paul wrote, "For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself." St. Paul gave instructions in this regard to the Christian congregation at Corinth (1 Cor. 11) regarding their responsibility to make certain that people receive the Sacrament to the blessing and not to their harm. It would be very irresponsible to let anyone and everyone receive Communion when they may very well be eating and drinking judgment on themselves. So as you can see, Christians commune not only as individuals, but also as persons who share the same confession of faith as formally confessed in the host church. It is important to emphasize that God has given to Christian congregations the responsibility of administering the Lord's Supper properly and to exercise spiritual care toward all those who desire to commune.
This, of course, means that the congregation has a responsibility to do what it can in Christian love and concern to help people understand the nature of the Sacrament and why they come to it. Pastors and congregations of the Synod (regardless of the size or circumstances of the latter) are expected to honor and uphold the official position and practice of the Synod on "close[d] Communion," which includes the possibility and even necessity of communing non-LCMS individuals in special situations of pastoral care.
How can I get connected? Great question! Call us with any questions or comments you have. If no one is able to answer the office phone, either leave a message, or call the pastor's cell phone. You can also e-mail us or contact us by mail. We hope to have Facebook up and running soon.
What's the music like? We have a very accomplished musician who plays both the organ and piano. We also have a dedicated choir director and choir that lead us in music as well as provides special music throughout the year.
Where do I park? Right in front of the church building would be fine. Handicapped parking is also available.