Ascension Lutheran Church

What to Expect at Worship

We would be glad to have you worship with us! Here are some items you might find helpful in knowing before you come and join us. Beginning September 8, 2013, we will offer one worship service at 10:00 a.m. (The last Sunday of our 9:30 a.m. worship time is September 1.) 

Dress
Dress for worship in what you are comfortable in. You will see that most everyone is dressed casually or in business casual. Shorts are not uncommon during the summer months, college football spirit-wear is often seen in the Fall.

Parking
Parking is available in clearly marked spaces on a paved parking lot. There are special “Visitor” parking spots available located near the entrance of the parking lot.

Children
We encourage parents of young children to attend worship service with their children. This begins the good habits of attending worship services at an early age. If your child is having a tough morning, there is a nursery with an attendant and a bathroom accessible for a child, located through the double doors inside the entrance area and down the hallway on the right.

Greeters
Greeters are stationed at the doors leading into the worship area to welcome you and hand out bulletins. They can assist you, offering directions to the nursery or the restrooms and answer any questions you might have.

Worship
Worship is formal yet relaxed. Our worship space is warm and intimate. The pastor wears traditional vestments, yet it is common for worship to include laughter.

Consistency in worship is something we value, and while our worship falls into the format of worship that was handed down by the ancient church, some things do change. While most worship services feature music on an organ, a piano is sometimes used. We regularly have a member accompanying the piano with a harmonica during Holy Communion. Sometimes there may be a piece on guitar. Youth are also encouraged to share their musical talents. Easter services often have one or more trumpets adding to the festival. All worship services follow the basic structure of the ancient liturgy of the Christian church. Learn about the Biblical Roots of the Liturgy.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion (a.k.a. Eucharist, Mass, Lord's Supper) is celebrated at all of our worship services.  All baptized Christians who seek Christ and his grace in this special meal are welcome to commune with us.  Bread and wine are used in the sacrament; grape juice is also available. If you wish to receive, come to the altar when those around you come. Most people will kneel and may say a brief prayer before receiving. Just be comfortable! When the pastor comes with the bread, hold out both open hands and he will place a bit of bread or a wafer in them. You may then eat it and then drink from the cup when it is offered, taking it into your hands, taking a sip of the wine and then handing it back to the server. Or you may hold on to the bread or wafer until the person bearing the small cup comes; dip the bread into the wine in the cup and then eat it. This is called “intinction.” Either way works! Plus, if you prefer, you may receive only bread, or only wine. Christ is fully present in each. (If you need non-wheaten bread, let pastor know when he comes to you. We always have some available.)

How to follow the service
Bulletins are handed out at entrance into Worship area by ushers. Worship books (red, in the racks in front of bench seating) contain the hymns (or songs) sung during worship. Inside the bulletin you will find an announcement and information sheet for members and visitors, a Scripture insert called "Celebrate" with readings from the Bible and prayers that we lift up before God, plus the words and liturgy for the service. 

Coffee and Refreshments are available before and after worship in our gym, located through the double doors inside the entrance area and down the hallway. If you are not sure, ask anyone around. They would be happy to give you directions.