What to Expect

Welcome to Hope Lutheran Church!

We’re glad you’re interested in learning more about our community of faith!  You’ll find that we are firmly rooted in the Bible and we preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all that we do.  We are a conservatively confessional church body with a Biblically based liturgical worship style as it is found in The Lutheran Service Book.

Join us on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages and Adult Bible Study; 10:00 a.m. Divine Worship with Holy Communion.

Sometimes it is good to know what to expect when attending a church for the first time.  This information is meant to help familiarize you with our common practices:

When you come to the church, you will first be welcomed by a Greeter.  You’ll also receive a copy of our weekly bulletin which includes parts of the liturgy, announcements, and prayer requests.  This may be a good time to speak to the Pastor about the Lord’s Supper if you are visiting for the first time.

Entering into the sanctuary, you are welcome to sit wherever you like.  If you have kids, please be courteous and sit near the back if they may need extra care (restroom visits, “time out’s”, etc.). 

Service Preparation

  • Familiarize yourself with our bulletin and hymnals.  The bulletin will identify all hymns and prayers.  The Hymnals (The Lutheran Hymnal and The Lutheran Service Book) are the red books and brown books located on the back of the pew in front of your seat.  Bibles are also located between the two hymnals.  You will see a hymn board at the front-left of the church.  

  • Be ready to do a lot of standing and sitting.  Some Lutheran churches use kneelers for parts of the service.  We do not.

  • Be ready to sing loud and strong some of the most wonderfully beautiful and meaningful hymns of the church.

Regarding the Lord’s Supper

Hope Lutheran Church practices Closed Communion, a biblical, historic, and Lutheran practice found in many congregations.  Closed Communion, in a nutshell, is the practice of only allowing those who believe, teach, and confess the same doctrines to commune.  Generally this means only taught, tested, and approved members of an LCMS congregation or other church in fellowship with us.  However, the best thing to do is speak to the pastor before the service.  Rest assured that we want you to commune with us, and as soon as possible, but we also want you to know what we believe, and know what you believe, so that we’re all on the same page when receiving His Body and Blood.  You will find our complete Communion Statement on the back of your bulletin.  You should read it.