What to Expect
What's a service like?
The Lutheran Church is one that is steeped in tradition. We worship in a similar fashion as Christians in the ancient church. We follow what is called the "Liturgy", which is an order of service that allows the congregation to speak, pray and sing together.
If you would like to see what our services are like, feel free to check out our Facebook page. On there are services that were live streamed. This way, you can see how we worship and know what to expect.
At First Lutheran, we are a family-oriented congregation. All people are welcome, and if you are new to our way of worship, feel free to ask the pastor or anyone else for assistance. We are here to worship together.
What's the music like?
No concerts here. Our music spans many centuries (even millenia). We sing some of the same hymns that our ancestors sang. This, along with the liturgy, connects us with them in an especially unique way. While we do use some modern music and hymnody, our focus is not on the music, but on how the hymns teach the faith.
How do people dress?
We are a 'come as you are' kind of church. We simply ask for modest dress that demonstrates your attitude and respect for God.
What about my kids?
Leave them at home! Just kidding. Children are very much welcome. Will your kids cry, fuss, or make noise during the service? Yup. We expect that. We also have a nursery and an area where you can take them if it becomes too much for them (or you).
Can I take communion?
First Lutheran Church is a member church of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. As such, we keep the ancient and widespread practice of closed communion. This is to say, that we welcome all people to hear the Gospel proclaimed and to participate in worship, but Communion is reserved for those who share in our confession of faith (1 Corinthians 11).
We believe that a person must be instructed on what we believe, teach and confess concerning Communion before being admitted to share in this glorious meal. Therefore, we ask those outside of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) and her sister denominations, to refrain from participating in Communion.
If this is confusing, is concerning to you or if you wish to be instructed on our beliefs or have any other questions, please feel free to speak with the pastor or an elder when you visit.
How can I get connected?
We have much going on. For a small church, we keep busy. We typically have Bible studies during the week. We have outreach events and activities. We are always interested in new ideas and people who want to help out. Our members are constantly coming up with unique ways to serve others and share the love of Christ.
We now how worship services online on our Facebook page. You can also find more things that we are up to on there.
Here is one of our services for you to become familiar with how we worship: