Thinking of visiting?
You may be thinking about visiting our church, but the difficult part of visiting a church is often taking the first step inside. This is usually the case because visitors often don't know what to expect inside the church building. I was once told by a potential visitor that she didn't like attending new churches, because she was afraid of sitting in someone's designated seat. (Rest assured, you don't have to worry about this!) The following should give you a glimpse into what goes on within the church's walls, so you can have an idea of what to expect.
What to wear
People typically dress up for special occasions. Though we gather for church every week, it is a special occasion every time. This is because when we gather around God's Word and Sacraments, we are in the presence of the holy and almighty God. By dressing up for church, we express our respect and reverence and also our thanks to our gracious God and Savior.

While, most members dress up, whether its khakis and a polo or a shirt and tie, some do not. Some come in jeans and t-shirt. Both are equally welcome. The important things are, first, we enter God's house to hear His Word, and second, to come with a heart longing for forgiveness of our sins and trusting in the Savior, the physician of our souls.



Walking into the church
As you walk into the church, you will be greeted by Pastor Pederson and likely some of the members, all of whom will be happy that you have come to hear the good news that Jesus Christ has reconciled you to God the Father by His suffering and death on the cross.

Pastor or an usher will hand you a hymnary and bulletin, and give you information to help you through the service. We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Feel free to sit wherever you wish. You won't be taking anyone's seat. There should always be seats in the back available if you wish to sit there.


 
The offering
While you are welcome to give money to King of Grace Lutheran Church during the offering, you are in no way obliged. You are a guest, and we do not expect you to give. We are simply grateful for your presence at our worship service to hear Christ's life-giving gospel.


The service
The service that we use is found at the front of our hymnary. It follows the basic outline of the historic liturgy which has developed since the earliest centuries of the New Testament Church. In fact, some portions even grew out of the practices of Old Testament worship.
The order of service we use looks like this:

Invocation (Calling upon the Triune God - Spoken by pastor)
Opening Prayer
Opening Hymn
The Confession of Sins
Absolution
Introit (A portion of a psalm - Recited by pastor)
Gloria Patri (Glory be to the Father - Sung by congregation)
Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy - Sung by congregation)
Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Glory be to God on high - Sung by congregation)
Salutation (The Lord be with you - Sung responsively)
Collect (A prayer relating to the Epistle or Gospel readings)
Old Testament Reading
Epistle Reading
The Alleluia Verse
Gospel Reading
Apostles' Creed on non-Communion Sundays, Nicene Creed on Communion Sundays
Sermon Hymn
Sermon
Offering
The Prayer of the Church (A prayer for the whole Christian Church)
The rest of the service depends on whether there is Communion or not

Communion Sundays
Communion Hymn
Preface and Proper Preface (Preparation for the Lord's Supper - Sung responsively)
Sanctus (Sung by congregation)
Exhortation (Exorting the congregation about what they must believe and do in the Supper)
Lord's Prayer
Words of Institution (Consecrates the elements - Spoken or sung by pastor)
Distribution
Collect of Thanksgiving (Prayer of thanksgiving for God's gracious gifts)
Benediction
Closing Hymn
Closing Prayer

Non-Communion Sundays
Lord's Prayer
Apostolic Benediction
Closing Hymn
Closing Prayer



Communion
The Lord's Supper is a means that Christ instituted to give the the benefits of His salvation to believers. In the Holy Supper, He gives His holy body and blood which is in, with and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12, God requires that believers examine themselves before partaking of the Supper. Furthermore, Communion is the most intimate expression of the unity of Christian faith, which only exists when there is agreement on all biblical doctrines. If you are visiting on a Communion Sunday, we request that you ask the pastor about communing at our church.