What are our Sunday morning services like?
Most Sundays, we have three worship services: traditional Lutheran services at 8 and 11 a.m. in our Sanctuary, and a contemporary service at 9:30 in our Faith Center, featuring the music of our praise band.
The traditional services are based on the Lutheran Book of Worship and the newer Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnals developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Most of these services include music from our organ and Chancel Choir and other choral groups, and are based on the traditional order of worship that dates back in some parts to the earliest days of Christianity. If you have attended Episcopalian or Roman Catholic services, you’ll feel right at home.
The contemporary service keeps the basic framework of the liturgy but is more informal and uses PowerPoint slides and lively hymns and praise songs accompanied by guitars, drums, and electric keyboard.
Twice a month between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we offer a third alternative as the 8 a.m. service moves outdoors into our peaceful oak grove behind the church. This casual service is more of a folk-based worship experience, much like the ones you might remember from summer camp.
What should I wear to church?
For the traditional services, you’ll see people wearing everything to resort-casual 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 are. At the more-casual contemporary service, you’ll see a lot of people in jeans and even shorts during the summer.
Can I receive Communion?
We offer Communion at all of our worship services, even on major holidays like Easter. We don’t insist that you be a Lutheran to participate, only that you believe in the presence and forgiveness of the risen Lord. Most of our Communion services feature what’s called intinction – that is, the bread or wafer is dipped into a chalice of wine or grape juice. Just follow the lead of the pastor, the ushers and the other members of the congregation.
I have small children. Should I bring them to worship?
Absolutely! We regularly offer a children’s sermon and always welcome our little believers. If you have an infant who is having a difficult time, we have a cry room off the entry of the Sanctuary, and we also have a staffed Nursery during all services.
Should I sign the register?
We have red folders that members write their names in and pass them down the pews. We welcome you to write down your name and phone number and indicate if you’d like to be contacted by someone from the church.
What about making an offering?
The offering time is primarily for our members to give their tithes and offerings to the Lord, and visitors shouldn’t feel obligated to give. If the Spirit moves you to put something in the plate, thank you!
Where are the restrooms?
The closest restrooms to the Sanctuary are in the education building to the right as you come out of the main door. Follow the signs. There are also restrooms between the two education buildings as you walk toward the Faith Center, and restrooms in the Faith Center on either side of the foyer.
Do you have a time for fellowship?
We do, after the first and second service, usually in the foyer of the Faith Center. Please come and have some fair-trade coffee and say hello.
How do I learn more about Resurrection?
Feel free to call the church office or stop by. Pastor Don and the staff look forward to meeting you.