What to Expect

What are services like?

Zion gathers for worship each week to hear God speak to us through the Scriptures and receive His forgiveness through the body and blood of Jesus in Holy Communion. We respond to these gifts with thanksgiving and praise.

Our church conducts its worship services from a hymnal called Lutheran Service Book. Our worship is sometimes called liturgical because we follow a regular pattern and order of worship. It's also sometimes called traditional because the core of the service has been in place in the Christian church for nearly two millennia! At the same time, we are contemporary because we aren't interested in doing something just because it's historic and traditional. The Gospel is taught and proclaimed today, as we hear God's Word together in this beautiful service. The triune God is worshipped today by real people living in this time and place.

 

We realize that our order of worship has a learning curve. If it's your first time in a Lutheran church, you will likely miss a few cues or make mistakes. That's okay with us. You don't need to impress anyone and it's okay to not know how everything works your first time. If it were your first time at a football game, you wouldn't know all the cheers or traditions. If it were your first time at a square dance, you wouldn't know all the steps.

If you would like help, ask one of the ushers or anyone near you in the pews. Our church members are always glad to help! The good news is that once you become familiar with our service, it doesn't change week to week. You will be rooted in a way of worshipping God that is shared by Christians all around the world and through the centuries.

Services generally last between sixty and seventy-five minutes.

This video is a great little introduction to Lutheran liturgical worship:

See the rest of the videos in this series here.

What should I wear?

We have no dress code other than to be dressed sensibly and modestly. Worshipping God is not a matter of what we wear but of receiving God's gifts with faith and thanksgiving. Most worshippers at Zion dress casually.

Traditionally, Christians have dressed up for service in their "Sunday best", not as a means to please God or other people, but with reverence and respect for being in the presence of our Holy God. We still encourage this, while recognizing that the standards of what dressing up looks like change with time and culture.

What about my kids?

Children are welcome at our church! We believe the service is not just for adults but for everyone. Don't worry if your young children make noise or are squirmy. We expect that and enjoy hearing them learning to worship.

If you do need to take your child out of the sanctuary during the service, you can follow the service on the video screen in the north narthex area. Go through the short hallway to your left as you exit the sanctuary.

North narthex video

North narthex with video screen

North narthex

North narthex

Where are the restrooms?

There are handicapped accessible restrooms located in the north narthex through the short hallway to your left as you exit the sanctuary.

In addition to restrooms, the north narthex also has a coat rack, member mailboxes, chairs positioned to watch the service on the video screen, a telephone, water fountain, and a library with adult and children’s books, as well as other literature.

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