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. We offer traditional, but easy to follow worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:30. We also welcome you to worship with us online at your convienence. Services can be found at our MESSAGES tab on this site or simply click HERE.
While we have resumed offering in-person worship services, there are some important precautions being taken for the safety of all who attend. This VIDEO will walk you through what to expect. We known that whether you're attending for the first time, or you're returning after COVID, you may have some concerns and questions. We want to help you feel comfortable and confident so you can relax and enjoy your time with us. We're taking extra precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible, including wearing masks, social distancing, and a few other things that are covered in the video. Thank you for your understanding, patience and cooperation.
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 for the service is projected on the monitors in the front of the sanctuary or you may access the bulletin online and we have a few printed copies too. Even if you've never been to a Lutheran worship service before, you should find the order easy to follow. 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, but hopefully you can stick around for a few minutes 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. (Due to COVID-19, we are not offering these right now.)
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 the significance of the power there is in God's Word. You can get a feel for his style and watch our services 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.