What to Expect
Everyone is welcome. Doors open 30 minutes before each service to allow guests and members time to prepare for worship, visit, and welcome each other. Ushers will greet you and hand you a service folder. It will guide you throughout the worship service.
As you enter the sanctuary, seat yourself anywhere you find room. There are no assigned seats. Hymnals are provided and are found on the rack below the chair in front of you.
You will not be singled out during the service. We do follow an order of service in which we confess our sins, hear forgiveness, listen to the Word of God and a lesson based on one of the readings for the day, and then we respond with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. If you don’t feel like singing, that’s okay.
During the first and third Sunday of the month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We celebrate it as it is; the Lord’s supper. We celebrate according to God's Words written by the apostle Paul to the Corinthians. There He tells us that we must be able to examine ourselves to see our sin, recognize the true body and blood, and be united in faith. Paul also warns us that those who “Eat and drink without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment on themselves” (1 Corinthians 11:29). Out of love therefore we ask that only those who are members of our church would join us. This is not a judgment of your faith. We want you to join us, but first we want to make sure everyone understands what we are doing and why.
If you are interested in partnering with us in our mission of Growing in God’sWord, and Going with God’s Word, or if you have questions before attending contact us at GraceLutheranCGAZ@gmail.com, Facebook us, or call 520.836.8911.
Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they’ve never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, Grace Lutheran Church does not make any rules either. 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, but dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One may dress casually and rejoice that we have a God who accepts us as we are. Another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King. On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, or open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress (casual or more formal) is acceptable to God . . . and us.
"When will they take the offering?" "How will it be collected?" "How much am I expected to give?" "Do they want visitors to contribute too?" These are typical worries about church offerings. The Bible teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God. Like most Christians, we bring offerings to God through our church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give.
We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. (Offering envelopes are available and keep our gifts a private matter known only to God who sees what we do in private). A child may bring the quarters and dimes his parents give him. Someone older may write a check. Both are remembering Jesus and giving their gift out of love for him. You may wish at first to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church, but you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
The Worst That Can Happen
"I would just die if they made me stand up and say something."
We assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us.Church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior.
"I know my child is going to be too noisy."
Don't sweat it. We've seen and heard our share of energetic children over the years. The worship service has always continued in aGod pleasing way. If you feel more comfortable stepping out for awhile, the fellowship hall has quiet corner with a couch and a live speaker feed of the service where you can sit and listen. Bathrooms with changing tables are also available.
"I know I will feel out of place."
We hope that this visitor's guide will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, "I am new. What's this about?"
"I am afraid I will say or do something wrong."
All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see the people of Grace to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. We do not want to throw cold water on that by a critical spirit.
"I just want to watch at first and I know that they will try to involve me or sign me up."
It's no fun to be pressured or to be part of a "membership drive" as though we were heads of cattle, isn’t it? We believe that membership is a voluntarything, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. It takes time. We need time to evaluate and decide if what a church teaches is true. We believe that we should respect that need.
"I don’t know that much about the Bible."
Church and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. 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."