What to expect
Visiting a church for the first time can be an anxious experience. Here is something of what you can expect when you visit BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.
Is There a Dress Code?
We don’t have a dress code at BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH. Some of our parishioners, as an expression of their reverence for God’s presence, prefer to dress more formally; others, intending no irreverence, prefer to dress more casually. Wear what feels comfortable!
What should I do with my children?
We very much encourage children to worship with their parents. Our liturgical form of worship (more on that below), with its weekly repetition, especially lends itself to the participation of children. Children are also invited forward during the worship service each week for a brief lesson (Children’s Sermonette) geared especially toward them.
What is the worship service like?
As mentioned above, our worship uses a liturgical format that follows a consistent pattern from week to week. (For more on our liturgy and worship, click here.) The entire order of service, complete with directions for when to stand, speak, etc., is printed in the worship bulletin that you receive when you come in the Worship Service. Our music is accompanied by an organ which best facilitates congregational singing and hymns are sung from our hymnal, The Christian Worship, which is also the source of our order of service. If you are unfamiliar with our liturgical worship, don’t be concerned. You may find at first that you just want to stand back and observe; that is perfectly acceptable. You will discover that after only a few weeks you are learning the words and order of service.
Can I receive Communion?
Holy Communion is joyfully celebrated every First and Third Sunday of each month and held in very high regard. Our church confesses the Real Presence of Jesus’ very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine: in our mouths, we receive His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Out of concern for those who commune, and in deference to the Scriptures, we therefore encourage only baptized Christians who share our confession to share our table. Also, if you are not a member of BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH and have not had the opportunity to talk to the Pastor about taking communion, please do not commune at that time. If you wish to commune, we do however encourage you to speak to the pastor before the service. “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.” (I Corinthians 11.27-29)
For those who are not baptized or do not share our confession, you are welcomed and encouraged to come forward for a blessing. Simply join those in your pew when they are ushered to the altar, then at the communion rail cross your arms in an ‘X’ to indicate you aren’t receiving but would like a blessing. If you are interested in Baptism or learning more about our teachings, please contact Pastor Uhlhorn.
Do I give an Offering?
If you are visiting with us, we rejoice that the Lord has brought you here. However, we the members of BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH, sincerely believe that it is our duty to support our congregation. We do not expect our visitors to contribute.
What happens afterward?
Following the service you are of course free to leave, however, for those who would like to get to know us better there is always plenty of coffee and refreshments available afterwards. Please join us and stay for Bible Study after our Fellowship time!