Deo Lutheran Church

Worship 101

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Before the worship service

What do I need to do before I go?

Nothing, really. There's no need to call ahead. All you need to do is show up. If you have questions for the pastor prior to attending, you are most welcome to ask.

What should I wear?

Wear whatever you're most comfortable in. You don't have to pretend to be someone you aren't when you come to worship. Some older members of our congregation tend to be more comfortable dressing formally, while others come in t-shirts, shorts and sandals. People at Deo are generally unconcerned with other people's clothing choices.

What should I bring?

Generally, there is no need for you to bring anything to a worship service. All the necessary books and readings will be available to you when you arrive. You are welcome to bring an offering (a gift of money to support the work of the church), but as a guest to our congregation, there is no expectation that you would do so. Any offering over $15 is eligible for a tax receipt. Special envelopes are available for people who contribute regularly - these are used to help simplify the tax receipt process.

What should I expect when I get there on a Sunday Morning?

Some of the die-hard members of our congregation arrive about half an hour before the worship service begins. Nobody asks them to do this, they do it because they enjoy one another and like having a chance to talk. Around 10:15 or so people generally begin to finding places to sit. There are no assigned seats, but people are usually quite happy to share with visitors, and on an average Sunday, there is plenty of room. Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve are notable exceptions; you may want to arrive early on these days to get a good seat, particularly if you are coming with a group of people.

On your way into the worship space, you will be greeted by an usher, who will usually give you a bulletin and any other things needed for worship on that day. The bulletin will have the day's readings and the outline of the service, as well as some notes about events happening in the life of the congregation.

At 10:30, the service begins, and ideally, everyone's in their seats and ready to go by then, but we go easy on stragglers. Sometimes in spite of our best efforts, it's tough to be on time!