What is Holy Scripture Lutheran Church like?
We are a small group of believers who love to gather around God’s Holy Word and His precious Sacraments. Being small, we can care for one another individually and we share our joys and concerns much as one does with a close family.
Can I remain anonymous or will I be pointed out to everyone as a visitor?
Because we are not a large assembly, people will know that you are not a member, but not to worry, we do not ask visitors to stand up and be introduced. You will be greeted as you enter and leave the church, just as all our members are. It is up to you whether you wish to have an extended conversation with us. Many visitors attend several times before they wish to have an extensive conversation or participate in fellowship opportunities.
Is it okay to just watch at first?
We believe that church membership is a voluntary act and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. People need time to evaluate and decide if they want to get further involved. We respect that need, and if in time you desire to join our membership and commune with us, we would be happy to speak to you about it.
What should I wear?
Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they’ve never visited before. 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 varied attire. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress (casual or more formal) is acceptable to God… and us.
What about an offering?
The members of Holy Scripture give offerings out of love to the Lord. Please do not feel compelled to give an offering. We want all offerings to be made freely and with joy. Our members bring offerings to God through their church. Because offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. We pass an offering plate after the sermon so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God.
What about my children?
We love to have families worship together and children need to hear that their sins are forgiven too. Most of us have or have had children and understand that sometimes it gets a bit hard for little ones to sit through a service. If your child needs a break, feel free to go out into the entryway or off to the nursery, and then rejoin us in the service.
What if I don’t know much about the Bible?
First a disclaimer: there are no “super-Christians” at Holy Scripture. None of us have our Bibles completely memorized. The Divine Service and Bible study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and trust in our Savior. 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.”
Is your church full of “perfect” people?
No! Our church is a spiritual hospital. Jesus himself said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Mt 9:12). Jesus is the Great Physician of our souls. We’re far from perfect! That’s why we’re at church—to hear that we are forgiven!
A Final Thought
We pray that this has helped answer some of your questions and alleviate your fears. Our mission as a congregation is quite simple. We want to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people on the basis of the Holy Scriptures. Everything we do is meant to accomplish that one goal. We pray that there is nothing that stands in your way from learning more about our Savior at Holy Scripture. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do for you. God’s richest blessings to you. We look forward to meeting you!