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What To Expect

Christ-Centered Services. Equipping-driven Culture.

When you're learning about a church for the first time it's always helpful to know what to expect before you walk in the doors.

The first and most important thing you can expect from Living Word Free Lutheran Church is that we take the Bible seriously. We believe that it is more than just a book. It is the living and active Word of God and primary means of communication from God to us today. It's not just stories. It's true. You'll see that reflected in our mission. You'll see that reflected in our worship services. You'll see reflected in our whole culture.

We have a wide variety of ages represented within Living Word, including many young families with young children. We also enjoy the experience and wisdom of Christians who have walked with Christ for many years.

Worship Services

Having a little idea of what a Sunday morning looks like before coming to worship for the first time can be incredibly helpful as you prepare to visit a new church. Below is a good overview of what you'll find on a typical Sunday morning at Living Word:

  • Services that are planned and executed around Scriptural content that flow from Jesus Christ as the center of everything. You will hear Scripture read, read Scripture corporately, participate in confessions of sin and faith that are either straight from Scripture or based on Scripture passages. You will hear a message that is uncompromising in our view of the Bible being the true and error-free Word of God.
  • Music and service elements that celebrate both old and ancient practices and new expressions of worship. We sing hymns and new songs of worship. We confess with the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer as well as confessions written for specific situations and occasions. God is not bound by time, so we believe it is important to use both old and new elements within the worship service.
  • Healthy tensions. Because God is both just and loving, we worship with reverence and joy. Some people worship with hands raised in celebration or surrender and some worship in quiet reverence. Because God did not come to heal the healthy and "cleaned-up" but the sick and those in desperate need of Him (which is all of us) you'll see people dressed in everything from suits and ties to jeans and a t-shirt. Our God is the God of the rich and the poor, all colors of pigment in one race.
  • As God has existed before time and will exist throughout all time, we do not limit ourselves to only old or only new music. You'll sing old and ancient hymns as well as brand new songs of worship that you might have never heard before, but withseveral ways to help you along the way so you will be undistracted in worship. Through all of this, content driven by the truths of God's Word remain at the center of everything in the worship service.

An Equipping Church

Our culture, first based on our mission, vision, and values, revolves around the concept of the equipping church. We believe that God has uniquely gifted every member of the church with specific spiritual gifts, passions and interests and that He desires that those passions would be used for His work. We don't have a certain ministry just to have it, but have it because God has uniquely gifted people in our church who are passionate about that particular ministry. If God has given you a passion and the gifts and vision to lead, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to let your passion loose for the work of the church.