Visit this Sunday
Visiting a church for the first time can be an anxious experience. Here is something of what you can expect when you visit Beautiful Savior Lutheran. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.
What is a Lutheran?
How should I dress?
We don’t have a dress code at Beautiful Savior. Some of our parishioners, as an expression of their reverence for God’s presence, prefer to dress more formally; others, intending no irreverence, prefer to dress more casually. Wear what feels comfortable!
Where should I park?
We have ample parking in our lot off of 43rd Avenue. If need be, you may also park on Conklin Street, to the East of the building.
What do I do when I get there?
As you enter the church, someone—a greeter, the Pastor, or another friendly church member—will greet you and give you the day’s worship folder. From there, you are welcome to grab a cup of coffee, chat with other folks milling about in the fellowship hall, or simply head into the sanctuary.
If you have small children, you may want to bring them to the nursery—which leads us to…
Is there anything for my kids?
Absolutely! Sunday School is held for all children, ages 3+, at 9:15 a.m. Using Concordia Publishing House’s excellent Growing in Christ curriculum, the children come to know and love the great stories of the Bible, as well as learning about the Church Year, hymns, and more.
During the worship service, we welcome and encourage parents to have their children join them in the sanctuary. Alternately, children up to 4 years old may be placed in our nursery.
Do you have nursery care?
Yes. During the Sunday School hour and 10:30 service a staffed nursery is available. Follow the signs, or ask a greeter and he or she would be happy to help you find it.
What is the worship service like?
Worship at Beautiful Savior is Christ-centered, biblical, and sacramental. We follow an ancient pattern of worship called a liturgy, which involves a variety of responsive readings, ceremonies, and ritual actions that lead us into God’s presence.
Our music is generally accompanied by organ, though we freely use additional instrumentation (guitar, cello, violin, etc.), and most of the liturgy is also chanted or sung.
How will I know what to do and say?
The entire order of service, complete with directions for when to stand, speak, etc., is printed in the worship folder that you receive when you come in. And when in doubt, watch what others are doing! If you are unfamiliar with our liturgical worship, don’t be concerned.
It may seem strange at first, and you may find that you just want to stand back and observe. That is perfectly acceptable. You will discover after only a few weeks that you are learning the words and motions, and beginning to “sink in” to the richness of God’s Word presented in the liturgy.
How long is the service?
Generally an hour, give or take 10 minutes.