When You Visit

Worship

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. If you have young children, we do have seats reserved in the back of the church if it is helpful for you. 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.

If you are interested in partnering with us, or if you have questions before attending contact us at gracebythecross1@gmail.com, Facebook us, or call 520.836.8911.
 

Dress

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 does not make any rules either. 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.
 

The Offering

"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?" Perhaps you've asked yourself one of those questions. That's pretty normal. So here's the scoop with the offering. The Bible teaches that God wants our offerings to reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that we are honoring God with our offerings. So, like most Christians, we bring offerings to God through our church. We pass an offering plate during the service as our orderly way to bring these gifts to God. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give.
 

Communion

During the first and third Sunday of the month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Grace, a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), and our fellow church organization in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), do practice close communion. Here's a brief explanation.

As Lutheran Christians, we believe the Lord’s Supper offers many blessings. We actually receive the body and blood of the Lord Jesus, along with bread and wine.

While the Lord’s Supper grants many blessings, there are warnings in Scripture against taking the Supper in an unworthy manner. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29) Before you join us at the Lord’s table we want you to fully understand what you are doing, so that you may receive this Sacrament to your benefit.

The Lord’s Supper also gives you a wonderful opportunity to make a public statement about what you believe. No one says anything, but our actions during communion send a message. The message is simply this—when we come forward for communion at Grace, we are showing everyone we agree with everything Grace, a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), teaches about the Bible.

As a visitor we believe it would be unloving to ask that you express your agreement with us until you have an opportunity to learn what we believe, teach, and confess.

Please know that closed communion is not a judgment against your saving faith in Jesus as the Savior.
 

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 experience God's grace and 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 a God pleasing way. If you feel more comfortable stepping out for awhile, we have a nursery available in the fellowship hall with a live speaker and closed circuit tv 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 web page 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?" Or you can contact us before attending at gracebythecross1@gmail.com, Facebook, or call 520.836.8911.

"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 voluntary, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. If you do desire to be a member, please know that It takes time. We want to give you the opportunity to evaluate everything we believe and then decide for yourself if what our church teaches is true.

"I don’t know that much about the Bible."
Worship 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."