It can be hard to go to a church for the first time. There are so many questions that aren’t answered in the mailings and newspaper ads.
With this page we hope we can answer some of the questions you might have about our church before you visit. We’d like to make your visit with us relaxed and enriching. Please let us know if there are questions not answered by this page. We want to add whatever will be helpful to you.
Our deepest wish is that when you visit Water of Life, you will hear about your Savior, Jesus, and come to know the grace and love of God more and more.
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What is the Sunday morning worship service like?
Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services at Water of Life Lutheran Church, but as in any church you should expect it to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together.
Each week the service is printed in the worship folder that you will receive when you enter. The readings from the Bible for that week and prayers are printed for you. You are welcome to bring along your own Bible and follow along if you choose. Many of our songs for worship are in the hymnal and are easy to locate.
The services focus on readings from the Bible. There we hear God talk to us. Music and singing are an important part of our services, too. Loud or soft, in monotone or rich harmony, all our praises are music to God. You might even remember a favorite hymn or song to ask our pastor to use in an upcoming service.
The services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
The Invocation - We call on the name of our Savior God as we praise him.
Admitting sins and receiving forgiveness - We acknowledge that we have not been or done what God asks of us. Then we are assured of his forgiveness in Jesus.
Bible Readings - We read selections from God’s Old Testament prophets, Jesus’ apostles, and from Jesus himself in the Gospels. The pastor gives a brief explanation of each reading.
Sermon - Our pastor offers encouragement and instruction in a Bible based sermon. Expect God’s grace and guidance for dealing with problems as well as the promise of eternal life in heaven through Jesus. Included in your worship folder will be the theme and the parts for the sermon. (On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, Pastor invites the children to come forward for a special children's message.)
Response to the Word - We respond with offerings and prayers for the things he has promised to us and for strength to do what he has asked.
Parting blessing - We hear another assurance of God’s care.
Mixed throughout these different parts of our service are hymns and short songs to praise God.
Our services use both traditional forms and modern language and application. The traditional brings us the best from God’s Church throughout the ages, and the contemporary brings God’s promises and his will into our daily lives. We hope you enjoy both.
What should I wear to church?
Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they’ve never visited.
Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, Water of Life Lutheran Church doesn’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, but dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One may dress casually and rejoice that we have a God who accepts us as we are. Another may dress to reflect the awe and reverance we have for our Savior King. On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties, and even work uniforms. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress- casual or more formal- is acceptable to God... and us.
I would just die if they made me stand up and say something.
We assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. 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. Come, relax and enjoy!
What if my child is noisy?
We love children in the worship service. In fact, a children’s bulletin matching the day’s theme is available each week, and our pastor delivers a children’s message before the sermon every other week.
However, if you feel your child is causing a distraction, we have both a staffed nursery and a "Cry Room." You may leave your child in our staffed nursery, or you may attend to your child's needs yourself while still worshipping from the Cry Room where a speaker allows you to hear the service. Feel free to take your child to either of these places anytime during the service. An usher can direct you to either place.
I know I will feel out of place.
We hope that this site will ease your mind. But if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, “I am new. What is this about?” Our congregation is still very young. Our members are also new.
I just want to watch at first, and I know they'll try to involve me or sign me up.
It's unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a “membership drive” as though we were heads of cattle, isn’t it? We believe that church membership should be a voluntary thing, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. It takes time for this to be cultivated. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement. We respect that need.
I don't know that 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. And remember, sometimes the wisest words we say are, “I don’t know".
I'm afraid I'll say or do something wrong
All of us have felt this way in a new situation. We hope you see the people of Water of Life to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be.
What about the offering?
"When will they take the offering?”
“How will it be collected?”
“How much am I expected to give?”
“Do they want visitors to contribute, too?”
These are typical worries about church offerings.
The Bible teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God.
Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. (Offering envelopes are available and keep our gifts a private matter known only to God.)
A child may bring the quarters and dimes his parents give him. Someone older may write a check. Both are remembering Jesus and giving their gift out of love for him.
You may wish to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church. But you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
Can I take the Communion sacrament if I am not a member?
We ask that if you are not a member of Water of Life or a WELS congregation that you do not participate in communion until our pastor has had a chance to meet and speak with you about it. Communion is held the first Sunday of each month during first service and on the third Sunday for second service.