Welcome to Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo. We’ve put together some information here that anticipates and tries to briefly answer some of the questions you may have prior to visiting our church for the first time.
During the Service
It's important to us that you feel welcome. We're not formal here, so dress comfortably. You may see dresses and dress shirts, but you'll also see shorts and T-shirts, and of course Hawaiian clothes! Everything is printed for you in the bulletin, so you can follow along easily even if you've never been to a Lutheran worship service before. There will be music, but even if you don't like to sing, we're pretty sure you'll be inspired by what you hear. There will also be a message, prayers, a reminder that we are forgiven when we admit and confess our sins, Communion, an offering (although we don't expect our first-time guests to make a contribution), and at the very start a few announcements and a short time to greet each other. There are ushers to help you if you have questions or need direction. The service generally lasts an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, but hopepfully you can stick around for a cup of coffee and meet some of the wonderful people here.
No matter your family dynamics, you're welcome at Christ Lutheran and we're excited to welcome you! We welcome your whole family. During our worship service we have spaces available for infants and children where they can be cared for while the adults can still hear what's happening. After the service, there are always snacks and coffee on the lanai with time to relax and visit, if you wish. There is an adult class between services in the fellowship hall all year and Sunday School for the kids during the school year.
Pastor Mark uses the Bible readings for the day as he shares his message. He doesn't refer to what he shares as "preaching", but simply "sharing a message" and people find him engaging, helpful, and easy to understand. Far from the stuffy preachers you may have seen, Pastor Mark is relaxed and yet respectful of he significance of the power there is in God's Word. You can listen to his messages HERE.
Word & Sacrament
Here at Christ Lutheran, we place a high priority on God's Word and celebrating the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion which is celebrated at both services each Sunday. Other opportunities exist beyond the Sunday worship service where you have an opportunity to grow, fellowship, or otherwise be a part of a group of believers that live out their faith together gathered around God's Word.