WHAT TO EXPECT
Who we are:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us, as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world.
We welcome you to join this community of faith — regardless of your age, race, gender, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up the ELCA and Messiah Lutheran.
Messiah Lutheran’s services follow the traditional order of the Mass established in the early history of the Christian church. We use a variety of standardized liturgies that include scripture, hymns, psalms, as well as corporate confession. As you enter the nave you will see a centralized altar, candles, vestments and most importantly the Cross.
The culmination of every worship service is the celebration of Holy Communion. We believe Holy Communion is a direct encounter with God. We welcome to our Lord’s table all who are baptized children of God. As Lutherans we teach and believe that Christ is truly physically and spiritually present under the forms of bread and wine; they are his body and blood. Small children and infants are welcome to commune. Children who are not yet communing are invited to come forward for a blessing.
We use both a common Chalice as well as trays with individual glasses. For those who choose an individual cup and who do not prefer wine, the glasses in the center circle of the trays are filled with grape juice. Those unable to partake of wine or wheaten bread are assured that the fullness of our Lord is received in either of the elements.