What is “a Lutheran,” anyway?  Christ the King is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) which is a Protestant denomination.  Perhaps you have not visited a Lutheran church before, yet they are around: there are nearly 10 thousand Lutheran congregations in the country.  Below are some helpful hints regarding Christ the King Lutheran Church.

What should I wear?

The 08:15 service in Ludder Fellowship Hall is casual. You can truly come as you are to this service -- you can wear shorts and sandals, jeans, or dress how ever you feel comfortable.

Although the 10:00 service is generally dressier than at the early service, attire worn during this service ranges from shorts and sandals to "Sunday best." You might be most comfortable dressing in "business casual" attire for this service.

What is available for my kids?

A nursery is available all morning each Sunday from 8:00 - 11:30 for infants and toddlers. It is staffed with loving and experienced caregivers including both staff and volunteers. There is a sign-in procedure for the children each week, and Loretta in the nursery would be happy to explain this procedure to you if you have any questions.

Families worship together for the entire service at 8:15am.  At 10:00am, what your children do, depends upon the week.  The first Sunday of the month is Family Sunday and all stay together for worship and to come forward during Holy Communion—either to receive the bread and wine, or receive a blessing.  There are special things going on during Family Sunday that have the children in mind.  On other Sundays, children from age 3 through 6th grade leave following the Children’s Moment to participate in Sunday school.  Parents and caregivers pick their children up from the Sunday school wing at 11:15am.

What is Lutheran worship like?

Yes, the name Lutheran comes from the reformer Martin Luther who lived in the 1500’s…but it doesn’t mean we worship Luther!  Lutherans are part of the Protestant Church and worship one God, revealed and experienced in three ways: as Creator of all (God the Father); as Redeemer (Jesus Christ), and Ever-Present Guide (Holy Spirit).  Lutheran worship is all about connection….with God, and with each other.  Words that come to mind are:

Corporate:  we say things, sing things, proclaim things, and pray things...together.

Liturgical the word liturgy means, work of the people.  There’s that corporate idea again!  Liturgy refers to the order, or form that provides a template for the worship experience.  It’s like a divine drama with four acts: Gather, Word, Meal or Thanksgiving, and Sending.  Learn more about each component here.

Sacramental:  God is always the primary actor: God first comes to us in love, and we, in turn, respond to that love.  The key way God comes to us is through the sacraments: Baptism, and Holy Communion. So sacraments, to Lutherans, are a big deal!  We celebrate baptisms during worship, as the newly baptized become part of the Christian community (there’s that corporate idea again.) In Holy Communion, we receive the forgiveness of God and are strengthened to go back into the world and share Christ’s love.  We practice “open communion” which means that Jesus invites all to receive him and be filled with his presence. Together with hearing the good news of God proclaimed in Scripture, the sacraments are called the Means of Grace. In other words, these are ways to experience the unconditional, never-ending love of God.  Grace is…amazing. 

One more thing: Lutherans really love music.  There is singing by the entire congregation, and special music sung by choirs and ensembles.  The lyrics of the songs are rich and varied.  They relate to the theme of the day. 

What do you believe?

Christ the King Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The Lutheran Church is one branch of the Holy Christian Church. Lutherans believe in the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is authoritative as God's Word to people of all times and places in its proclamation of the gospel. It sets the standard for our faith and our daily living. In the sacrament of Baptism, Lutherans believe that we enter into a loving relationship with God through the church and are promised both forgiveness and salvation. Our practice of baptizing infants underscores our belief that we are born into a universal community of sinners and that our faith, God's forgiveness, and salvation are not achieved through human effort, but rather, are gifts from God. Through gathering regularly for worship, hearing the Word, and receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion, Lutherans believe our faith relationship with God is strengthened and deepened.

Lutherans are often described as a confessional church, meaning that we adhere to a stated body of belief. We subscribe to the ecumenical creeds established by the early church. The most concise and pre-eminent statement of belief of the Lutheran Church is contained in the Augsburg Confession written in 1530 by followers of Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.