We understand that visiting a new church can seem uncomfortable. Here are the answers to a few questions you may have before visiting our church. For additional information, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to worshiping with you!
Shepherd of Peace uses the historic liturgies of the Christian Church as found in our hymnal, Lutheran Service Book. The services and hymns are printed in the bulletin each week, but hymnals are also provided for those who prefer to use them.
What's the music like?
We use music and hymns from Lutheran Service Book played on an organ. Our church choir shares special music with us and is invloved in other parts of the liturgy regularly.
Can I take communion?
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at Shepherd of Peace in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but His very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another. Our Lord invites to His table those who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until he comes.Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor or a lay minister. (For further study, see Matthew 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34.)
What about my kids?
One of the great benefits to using a consistent liturgy each week is that it makes it much easier for children to participate actively in the service. While instinctively we may choose to sit towards the back with our children, we encourage you to bring them closer to the front so that they can see what's going on in the service. If you need to take your child out of the service for any reason, we have a cry room available to use where you can still see and hear the service.
How do people dress?
Everyone is welcome and so is ever style of dress. Some of our male members wear jeans, others suits. We have female members who prefer dresses and some that are much more inclined to wear jeans and slacks. God wants you to come as you are and so do we!