What would you expect to see on a Sunday morning visit?

     First of all, you would experience a truly Christ centered service. That is the nature of Christian worship. It is not we who serve God by our songs and prayers. It is God who serves us through His Word and Sacraments. In The Holy Scriptures, God comes to us and forgives our sins, welcomes us into His fellowship, and comforts and encourages and instructs us for our daily lives.

A visitor can expect a warm welcome, but more than that, they can expect an organized worship service, and a Bible based, Christ centered theme for the service. To be a "liturgical" church doesn't just mean that we follow an orderly worship form. It means so much more. It means that each service has a theme which is related to the historic Christian calendar. As such, we observe the historic Christian seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and End Times. The appointed Scripture lessons, sermon, and hymns all fit into that theme for the day and for the season.

Is there anything that a visitor should not expect? Yes. A visitor will not hear sermons based upon politics, current events, or personal opinions or wims of the preacher. While the pastor does include applications to our lives that helps to make God's Word relevant, these applications always serve to illustrate God's grace to sinners and the believer's response of faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ.

A visitor also should never expect fund raising schemes, good-works programs, or sales pitches. We get enough of that in our lives out in the world from Monday through Saturday. On Sunday morning it's time to listen to what God has done for us. Church is a sanctuary. That means that it is a place of peace, reverence, and forgiveness.

"I rejoiced with those who said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord'"
(Psalm 122:1)