What to Expect


May anyone come to church services and Sunday school?

Yes!  Come and worship! Whether you are a life-long Lutheran, new to the faith, or have no clue what church is we welcome you to come take part in the life of Saint Matthew.  

How do people dress?

Saturday evening dress is pretty casual, while some Sunday worshipers dress up a bit more. Certainly anything considered business casual is perfectly adequate.

Why is the worship service somewhat structured? 

Depending on your previous experiences with worship services, ours might look, sound and feel a little bit different. There is a reason for that; we retain a structure of worship that dates back to what the earliest Christians used almost 2,000 years ago.  We use one of several liturgical services from our hymnal, conveniently printed in a worship folder.

What is the music like?

The hymns we sing and the music we hear are traditional Christian music from our hymnal and other sources. Occasionally we enjoy the music of hand bells, choir or soloist.

How do children participate on Sunday morning? 

Jesus said to "let the little children come to me." We believe that worship is for all ages!  At Saint Matthew families are encouraged to worship together Sunday mornings.  Busy Bags are located outside the sanctuary for the little ones. Children are a gift of God. They sing praises with us!

We also have Sunday School for all ages! Sunday School for adults is in the Family Center near the Children's rooms in the Education Wing, so there is easy access for parents to their children after class. During Sunday School children are lovingly taught from the Bible with age-appropriate lessons.  The focus each week is always how much God loves us in Christ!

Can I take communion?

By partaking of the Sacrament we also give public confession to our  unity in the Christian faith. We invite members of this or other LCMS congregations to commune. If visiting from another Missouri Synod congregation, please introduce yourself to our pastor. We offer common cup and individual cups at every service. A pastor or elder will first bring bread, followed by individual cups, then common cup. The common and individual cups hold regular wine. The center of the tray contains cups with water and a single drop of wine for those who desire it for reasons of health or conscience. Gulten-free wafers are also available in the center of the bread tray.

How can I get more involved?

Speak to a pastor about a membership class or transfering your membership. Check out adult Bible class on Sunday morning. Explore the service and fellowship groups to see where you might fit. You will be sure to find a warm welcome here.