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What To Expect
We’re glad you’re thinking of attending one of our worship services! We want to make it as easy as possible for you to do this.
- After parking your car in the parking lot, you will be greeted with a friendly smile (usually by our pastor) as you enter the building.
- Worship folders are available as you enter, so that you can follow along in the service. Screens are also available for families with young children.
- Speaking of young children, we love having kids in the worship service. In a world where families spend so much time apart, we feel worship is an important time to bring families back together (but we do have a cry room available if needed).
- Our worship services last for an hour, but oftentimes people stand around and talk afterwards. If you have any other questions, please contact us
How We Worship
Our worship services are designed to be a two-way conversation with God. He speaks to us through his Word and Sacraments, and we speak to him through our prayers, praises and offerings.
We’re a “Liturgical” Church. That simply means we follow a consistent order of service intended to involve people in meaningful worship. We begin by listening to the Word of God, then move to our response. That’s the pattern we follow throughout the service: we listen to God’s Word and then we respond to God’s Word.
For that reason, Lutheran worship bathes the congregation in the Word of God. The liturgical responses are the very words of the Bible. The hymns are doctrinally and artistically rigorous explorations of a Biblical text. The creed and the prayers are grounded in Scripture. A Lutheran sermon is never a moralistic pep talk, nor a meditation on current events or pop psychology, but the proclamation of both Law (what God says about our sin) and Gospel (what God tells us about our Savior), drawn from the appointed text of Scripture. And Holy Communion is a reenactment of the Lord’s Supper as recorded in the New Testament. The Word permeates Lutheran worship.
The Lutheran Liturgy truly centers our hearts on worship of the one, true God.
Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:
I Will Feel Uncomfortable
We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. Church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior. You are welcome to simply come, sit, and observe. You will not be put on the spot! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
My Child Is Too Noisy
The noise of children is the noise of the future of the church. It’s the noise of parents doing exactly what they should be doing: bringing their children to Jesus’ feet to have them learn from him. We do offer a quiet/changing room during our services where parents may sit with or tend to their children if the need arises.
I May Say or Do Something Wrong
All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see our family at Palos Lutheran Church is full of ordinary people like you.
I Don't Know Much About the Bible
Worship and Bible study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. You won’t be called on to answer anything. We simply want to be a place where you can join us for the exact reason our entire congregation comes to church: grow in our faith and understanding of God’s Word. Come and join us, no matter what you feel like your knowledge level is, and grow with us, together, as God strengthens our faith!
Most Churches Are Filled With Hypocrites
This is a common complaint about Christian churches. People expect to enter a church and find “perfect people” there. We make no such claims about ourselves. People who would make statements like the above one need to realize that the church is a spiritual hospital. It’s not for healthy people; it’s for sick people. Jesus himself said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12). Jesus is the Great Physician of our souls. So don’t come to Palos Lutheran Church expecting to find perfect people. Come to find people being treated for their diseases to find that treatment for yourself found only in Jesus. As the bumper sticker says: “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.”
What Should I Wear?
Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they’ve never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple modesty, we don’t make any rules either. Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress. However, on any given Sunday you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress (casual or more formal) is acceptable to God . . . and to us.
Experience God & Build Community
Here at Palos we believe in faith in action. Not because our salvation is dependent upon good works – no, we believe Jesus did everything needed for our salvation on the cross – but because we are grateful for everything God has given us and desire to serve him through serving others.
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