Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When is church?
Church Service is held every Sunday at 10:30 AM and Wednesday during Advent and Lent at 7:00 PM. We also have services on festival days (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Ascension, Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve).
Q. What opportunities are there for children at Our Savior?
At Our Savior we have Sunday School and youth group. We also offer youth catechism class for those preparing to become communicant members. Young people serve in a variety of ways as acolyte, crucifer, usher, sound system, nursery, Vacation Bible School, attend National Youth Gatherings. Weekly children's messages during the service allow the little ones to feel part of the congregation.
Q. What makes Our Savior different from other Lutherans in the area?
Our Savior is a congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The LC-MS differs from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as we, on Scriptural grounds, do not have homosexuals or women as pastors, and we also hold the complete inspiration and errorlessness of the original texts of the Holy Bible, unlike the ELCA. There are many other differences with the ELCA that are too numerous to detail here.
Within the LC-MS our congregation is confessional. We hold the Lutheran Confessions, as found in the Book of Concord, to be the correct exposition of the Word of God and use them as our guiding documents. All Lutheran congregations say this. We strive to be very serious about this in teaching and practice.
The Reformer Martin Luther is our main teacher after Our Lord through the apostles and prophets, but we do not embrace or agree with everything he said nor think that he was all-wise or without error. We do also honor and respect many other Lutheran church fathers as well as church fathers before the Lutheran Reformation, especially in the early church.
We are centered in Christ our crucified and risen Lord and the Gospel of forgiveness and justification by grace alone through faith alone.
Q. Does Our Savior ever use instruments?
Yes! We have had people play the organ, piano, trumpet, trombone, violin, flute, saxophone, drum, guitar and many other instruments in worship. We encourage you, if you play a suitable instrument, to make use of your talents here by playing during a service. Our music committee, working with the pastor, would love to hear from you and help with music selection.
Q. Why do the musicians and choir perform from the back?
Music is used in the Church to beautify the worship and assist the congregation in singing the praises of God. Music is never used in church simply for the sake of entertainment, or for personal glory. The musicians perform from the back so as not to take center stage but rather to give Christ all glory and keep the focus on Him and on the altar where He gives Himself to us.
Q. Why do many at Our Savior make the sign of the cross at various times?
The sign of the cross is shared by Christians who maintain something of historic Christian piety and liturgical practice. The sign of the cross is a practice continued by Luther, and prescribed by him in the Small Catechism and other writings.
The basic meaning of the sign of the cross is derived from Holy Baptism. In the Baptism Liturgy the pastor makes the sign of the cross "both upon the forehead and upon the heart" to mark the candidate for Baptism as "one redeemed by Christ the crucified." Hence the sign of the cross is a way of remembering one's Baptism into Christ the crucified and the blessings that come through Him (Romans 6). That is its most basic meaning and that is how Lutherans interpret it in an evangelical (Gospel) way. Since it is neither commanded nor forbidden, Christians may or may not use it in freedom. However, it is not something to be condemned. St. Paul the Apostle exhorts us to "pray without ceasing." The sign of the cross assists our prayer in a physical way so that we may remember that Christ is our help in every time of need and that we are baptized into Him. Sometimes a physical gesture or postures help us to focus our mind for what is at hand and upon God's Word. Bowing, kneeling, folding one's hands, not to mention the sign of the cross, help us to focus our body and soul for prayer and worship, especially in the context of the Divine Service of Word and Sacrament, but also in our personal and family prayers.
Q. Why do the pastors wear those robes (vestments)?
Vestments help cover the man and proclaim Christ. Vestments are a sort of uniform, indicating that the person wearing them is not acting as a private citizen, but as one who has been given a cerain role and authority to act in it, almost like a police officer's uniform or a military uniform. Here the office is that of speaking and giving the Gospel in the stead and by the command of Jesus. The white alb covers this person, the stole indicates the pastor's ordination into the office of the holy ministry. The acolyte and crucifer and communion assistant also wear a basic white alb since they are serving to assist in the liturgy as well.
Q. What is Our Savior's teaching on the various moral issues of the day?
Very briefly: Our Savior is unreservedly and strongly pro-life because that is the teaching of God's Word and it is in accord with sound reason. We believe in protecting the life of the unborn and of the elderly, and ill (we are against euthanasia and assisted suicide). We are also against EMBRYONIC stem-cell experimentation as this destroys human life. We also believe sexual relations belong only between a man and a woman who are married to each other in a life-long committment. On the basis of Scripture we believe that homosexuality (behavior and desire) is sinful.