What should I expect on a Sunday morning?
Worship services are 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM. As you walk in you should be greeted by one of our greeters and given a bulletin. You are free to sit wherever you would like in the sanctuary. As time allows, you may be greeted by other members of the congregation and our pastor. We DO NOT make a practice of making visitors introduce themselves, either during worship or Sunday School.
At 9:15 AM we have Fellowship time in our fellowship hall downstairs with coffee, juice, and cookies. You are more than welcome to join us! At 9:30 AM we have Sunday School.
What should I wear on Sunday?
There is no dress code for St. Peter’s, but we do ask that you keep in mind that we are gathering together to confess our sins and to receive Christ from our Heavenly Father. This is a holy place set aside for a special purpose. For this reason, we ask that you dress modestly and decently. Please, no clothing with profanity, vulgarity, or any other themes that would be considered inappropriate or disrespectful.
What should I expect in worship?
We have two services. Both services make use of the liturgy and hymns found in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB). The liturgy and hymns are printed in an easy to use bulletin. The liturgy is a “divine service” meant to deliver to us Christ in His Word and Sacrament with our pastor standing “in the place” of Christ as His undershepherd, by Christ’s own command and authority. The liturgy is a conversation between Christ, represented in our pastor, and the congregation. The content of this conversation is taken from Scripture itself.
Early service is accompanied by piano while late service is accompanied by organ. Our pastor also chants the liturgy in late service. At the end of early service, everyone is dismissed while pastor waits at the entrance of the sanctuary to greet everyone. At the end of late service, the ushers dismiss everyone by rows while pastor waits at the entrance to the sanctuary to greet everyone.
What about children in the worship service?
If you have children, we encourage their presence in the worship service. We DO NOT have any form of children’s church, as we believe that our children are in as much of a need to receive Christ as the rest of the congregation. They are also every part of the Church as anyone else and need to learn from everyone else how to behave in church. We do have “Busy Bags” to help keep little hands busy if need be. Even in their business they still absorb what is happening in the service more than we think they do! Also, if your children are making noise, that’s OKAY! Our pastor has a loud voice and the liturgy is all printed in the bulletin.
What if I need to leave the sanctuary during service?
Our focus in worship is on receiving Christ through Word and Sacrament as a family of believers, not on a finely tuned and orchestrated event with the right atmosphere. If you need to leave the sanctuary for any reason, please feel free to do so. We only ask that if you are able to wait for a “transition” in the liturgy you please do so, especially if we are in the middle of reading from God’s Word, listening to the sermon, or in prayer. If it is an emergency, though, please do not hesitate to do what you need to do!
What should I expect in Sunday School?
We gather in the sanctuary for our opening, and then we break off into classes. We have classes for 0-3yr with parents/caregivers, 3yr to 2nd grade, 3rd grade to 6th grade, and adults (7th grade and up). Children are allowed to stay with parents in the adult class if they do not feel comfortable going on their own to class.
The youth learn about Bible stories and sing songs in Sunday School, while the adult class tackles with a variety of topics through a variety of means and formats.