What to Expect

Welcome! Whether you are in town for just a visit or new to the area looking for a permanent church home, you are welcome at Christ Lutheran.  Join us for Worship any Sunday.  Your presence at our services is God’s gift to us and we hope to provide you with a spiritually uplifting experience as well. 

Dress

Dress is casual. You’ll see people wearing everything from casual clothing to jackets and ties. Most people seem to prefer what might be considered business-casual clothing, but basically just dress comfortably. Odds are you’ll find folks wearing the same kind of clothes as you.

Parking

We have ample parking and there are 4 parking spaces reserved just for visitors. 

Entry

The main entry to the church is through any of the four red doors under the covered porch. This leads to the space we call the Commons area. 

Greeting

When you enter the Commons, an usher will greet you,provide you with a copy of our bulletin containing the order of the worship service. and answer and any questions you might have. The bulletin also contains a weekly newsletter listing upcoming events.  There is a kiosk in the commons which contains the church facility directory listing the location of restrooms, the quiet room (Library), nursery and classrooms. The kiosk also has information on our ministries and programs.

Coffee, tea, water and an assortment of pastries are available on a table in the commons before and after each service, so please help yourself!  

If you decide you would like to learn more about Christ Lutheran Church, please sign the guest book; a member of the congregation will contact you by letter or email to answer any questions you might have. 

Worship Space

Our worship space, also referred to as  "the sanctuary" is located through the double doors from the commons, You can also enter the sanctuary through either doorway to the right and left of the double doors. Feel free to sit where ever you would like. The racks on the pews contain a visitor information card that will provide you with more information about us and the worship service. On most Sundays, the entire service and songs are printed in the bulletin. 

Children

Children are welcome at our services! We offer children’s bulletins and "busy bags" to keep younger attendees engaged in the worship experience; the bags are located on racks outside of each doorway to the sanctuary.  Children may also join Pastor Ralph in a children's sermon during the service.

A nursery with a baby changing table is located in the education wing. A television is located in the library (St. John room), in the Commons for viewing the service. 

Our Worship Service

The bulletin provides the order of our worship service:

We gather in song and prayer; we confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness. We read the Scriptures and hear them preached. 

We profess our faith and prayer for the world, sealing our prayers with a sign of peace.

We collect an offering for the poor and the mission of the Church.

We extend an invitation to communion; we set our table with bread and wine, give thanks and praise to God, and eat and drink.

We hear the blessing of God and go out in mission to the world.

Our early service is a contemplative liturgy with one or two classic hymns led by a pipe organ or piano. Our late service is a classic liturgy with music led by a pipe organ, piano, bells, choir and occasional guest musicians.

The sermons are recorded and posted on our website.

Holy Communion

Since it is the focus of our worship liturgy, Holy Communion is offered at each worship service (with rare exception).  All people of faith are welcome to receive communion as we gather at the altar in the front of the sanctuary to receive bread and wine. To meet dietary needs we offer wine, grape juice and a choice of gluten free bread.  You can make your choice known to the Pastor and Assisting Minister as they approach you at the altar. 

Faith Formation (Sunday School)

Learn more on our Faith Formation web page.  We offer something for all ages during the school year.

 

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