Information for Visitors
|A Lutheran Church in the
Evangelical Catholic Tradition
|A Lutheran Church
in the Catholic Tradition
Being new at a church
can be a bit unfamiliar at first, so in addition to being greeted warmly
when you visit us, we hope the following information may answer
some of your questions ahead of time.
When you come in
The entry to our parking lot is to the left of the
church. The building is wheelchair-accesible
through the door on the backside. You will be
greeted at the door, and an usher will hand
you a folder that contains the liturgy to follow
along. Please ask the ushers if you have any
other question or need assistance.
Is the liturgy difficult to follow along?
No. We follow the traditional Mass format that
is in use for hundreds of years. The folder
you have received at the entrance contains
the complete liturgy, taken directly from the
Book of Divine Worship. At the end of the
Mass, just leave the folder in the pew. You
can find the hymns in the hymnal that is in
the pew rack in front of you.
What about the kids?
Jesus said: "Let the little children
come to me, and do not stop them."
At Christ Lutheran, we take that
command very seriously. Given that
Jesus also said "Whoever does not
receive the kingdom of God as a little
child, will not enter it," we believe that
children can teach us important
lessons about our faith.
There will be a sermon for the
children right before the regular
sermon. In the narthex (the entrance
area), we have coloring books and
Can I take Communion?
Baptized Christians who believe that Christ is
truly present in the consecrated elements of
bread and wine are welcome to receive
Communion. As directed by the ushers,
please come up front and kneel at the rail.
If you wish to receive communion, please
leave both hands on the rail. The priest will
intinct the consecrated host in the chalice and
place it on your tongue.
You can find a visitor card at
the end of the pew toward
the middle aisle. Please fill
it out and place it in the
offering plate when it
When everybody has communed, the priest will dismiss you and the
next group comes up front. If you do not wish to receive Communion,
please cross your arms in front of your chest, then you will receive a
blessing. If you wish to receive Communion, but cannot come up front,
the priest will come to your seat and commune you there.
We would be delighted to welcome you
as a new member to Christ Lutheran
Church. If you come from another
congregation in the ALCC, your priest
can write you a letter of transfer. If you
come from a different denomination or
have not been a member of a church
Christ Lutheran Church is a congregation
of committed Christians.
In the book of Revelation, chapter 3, we
"Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying
to the churches: ... I know your works; you are neither cold
nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because
you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to
spit you out of my mouth."
God does not like the lukewarm. At Christ Lutheran, we actively work
against the "consumer mentality" that we can see all around us
today. We believe that no person was ever born that God did not love;
and we believe that everyone has gifts that can be used to express
love for God and other people. We are called to use our time, talents
and possessions for that purpose. Everyone can do something, no
matter how small it may be. We expect from our members that they
prayerfully make themselves available to God. When God calls us to
do something for Him, and we follow that call, it may not always be
pleasant or comfortable, but in return we will receive a joy and a
peace "that the world cannot give" (see John 14:27).
before, we invite you to attend our new member class, which consists
of three sessions, one evening per week. Please contact the church
office for further information.
|Christ Lutheran Church - ALCC
826 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD 21035
Church Office: 237 Chatham Lane, Annapolis, MD 21403
Tel: (410) 268-1858, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday at 10:30 a.m.,
afterwards Coffee Hour
in the Church Library
daily by appointment