GETTING TO WORSHIP
Follow the driveway on Jumper’s Hole Road around to the back of the building. There is ample paved parking. Handicap spaces for worship are located at the far right of the lot.
Enter through the double glass doors. Greeters will be “on duty” to welcome you to worship. They can answer any questions you have. Ushers are also helpful – they will be at the door of the worship space just to your right. They will hand you bulletins – Large Print and Children’s Bulletins are available – and can help you find a place to sit.
There are no “reserved pews” at Christ Lutheran, so sit wherever you are comfortable. There’s usually plenty of room up front!
WHAT TO WEAR
Don’t worry too much about how to dress – you’ll see a great variety among the people of Christ Lutheran. The 8:15 Traditional Service tends to be a little more formal, but you’ll still see folks in jeans (and shorts when it gets warm). The 11:00 Contemporary Service is more “relaxed,” but a few folks wear suits and dresses then, too. So dress how you are comfortable going to church. By the way, you’ll see lots of Ravens jerseys at both services on game days in the fall. There aren’t too as many Redskins jerseys, but feel free to wear one as Pastor Dave would if he didn’t have to wear “pastor clothes.”
Everything you need to know is in the bulletin you’ll receive as you enter. Hymns for the early service are in the green Lutheran Book of Worship that is found in each pew. Songs at the late service are sung right from the bulletin – no need to “flip pages” at the 11:00 Contemporary Service.
WE PROMISE NOT TO EMBARRASS YOU IF YOU’RE A GUEST WITH US.
You will not be asked to introduce yourself to the congregation. You will not be asked to stand up when we welcome guests. That happened to Pastor Dave when he visited a couple of churches and he’s still traumatized, so he won’t do that to anyone else.
You WILL be welcomed by those sitting around you. Christ Lutheran is a friendly congregation. When we “Share the Peace” (shake hands with those sitting around us) at the beginning of the service, several people will probably welcome you and introduce themselves.
There will be an offering collection during the service, but GUESTS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE. That is what it means to be a “guest” after all!
We invite you to participate enthusiastically during the hymns, songs, and other congregational parts of the service.
At Christ Lutheran, we practice “OPEN COMMUNION.” All baptized children of God who commune in their home congregations – regardless of denomination - are invited to come forward and receive the bread and wine of communion. Children who have not yet received communion instruction are invited to come forward for a blessing. The pastor and ushers will give instructions on how to come up; unless you sit in the front pew you’ll have others to watch before it’s your turn. (If you do sit in the front pew, you will have Pastor Dave’s undying respect!) There is always white grape juice available for those who cannot or do not prefer to receive wine.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
We LOVE to have children worship with us! They will be offered a Children’s Bulletin with activities as they enter, and there are bags with quiet things to do in the pew hanging in the back of the church. Each service includes Children’s Time when all young people are invited to come to the front to talk about a Bible story and/or lesson with Pastor Dave. (Lots of folks tell Pastor Dave they get more out of the Children’s Sermon than the regular sermon, so pay attention!)
Services start on time at Christ Lutheran; that’s one way we respect those who come to worship. If you arrive late, the ushers will help you get a seat during the Sharing of the Peace when everyone is up and moving around.
Worship lasts an hour or maybe a few minutes more. Baptism Sundays may go an hour and fifteen minutes at the most.