What to Expect
What a joy it is to gather together for public worship! Why? Because in public worship, Christ comes to us in Word and Sacrament to provide our greatest need: the forgiveness of sins. With the forgiveness of sins we receive peace with God, freedom from sin, death and the devil and life everlasting in the mansions of heaven. Is there any greater joy than that?
What are your services like?
Our services are centered entirely on proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ from beginning to end. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has declared the whole world "not-guilty" of sin, in another word: forgiven! Therefore in our worship services we strive to stay focused on Christ and the forgiveness of sins in all we sing, say and do.
On a Sunday morning we follow a worship format called a liturgy. Our liturgies are largely inherited from previous generations of Christians. They are the product of centuries of experience of what serves the Christian faith well. They are designed to keep us focused on the life and work of Jesus Christ. They repeat many of the important teachings of the Bible. They express the worshipers' unity by the things they sing, pray, say, do and hear together. They help to promote reverence and sincerity.
What do you preach about?
We follow a special calendar called the "Church Year." Sunday by Sunday, the Church Year closely follows the events in the life and ministry of Jesus on earth. (For example, at Christmas we observe His birth.) Since we follow a "church year" the messages from week to week are relevant to our day to day struggles. There is nothing more relevant than the sinner's need for forgiveness, the forgiveness given freely in Christ Jesus.
What should I wear?
Peace does not have a dress code. However, Sunday morning is an opportunity to give to God your best. When we enter into the house of the Lord, we want to give to God all the love and respect that he deserves. Some people choose to do this by dressing up, like you might dress to visit a dignitary or for your anniversary. If you don't have a tie or a nice dress, don't worry about it, you won't be out of place. We're happy to have you.
What do I do when I get to church?
When you arrive, one of our ushers will hand you a bulletin and you can feel free to sit wherever you like. If you are a little confused about where we are in the service, don't be afraid to ask the person next to you for help. You will find Peace to be very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
Can I bring my children?
We are happy to have your children at church with us. The Bible says, "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17). This truth is not only for adults, but children too. Having your children with you in church will only benefit them in the long run. If your child is getting a little restless and you need to take them out, there is a mother's room and an area outside of the sanctuary where you can still hear the service.
On the first Sunday of every month, we have a children's message at the beginning of the service. Your child is encouraged to come to the front of the church for that special children's message.
There is Sunday School for your children as well. We do not have Sunday School during the summer months, but from Labor Day - Memorial Day, please bring your children to Sunday School. Don't hesitate to ask someone where your child should go. And while your child is in Sunday School, you can stay for our adult Bible Study.
What about the offering?
The Bible says, "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7). Peace members are committed to supporting the work of Peace Lutheran Church. You are not expected to give an offering when you come to Peace.
What about the Lord's Supper?
In the Lord's Supper, we receive the Lord's true body and blood. As Lutherans, we believe that Christ's body and blood is really present in, with and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins. The Bible gives us specific instructions regarding the Lord's Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." Since we are proclaiming something as serious as our Lord's death, we do not take the Lord's Supper lightly. So honesty compels us to ask, "Are we proclaiming the same thing together? How can we know?" As human beings, we are unable to read hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), only God can read the heart.
Since we are making such a strong proclamation in the Lord's Supper, we do not want to put you in a position to make this public confession by communing with us if you do not know what we teach. Therefore, if you are not a member of a church directly affiliated with Peace (WELS/ELS), we ask you to respect the Bible's and therefore our teaching of "close communion" and allow us an opportunity to teach you what we believe before you commune with us. We hope for the privilege to be able to share God's Word with you and one day make this beautiful public proclamation together.