Our Savior Lutheran Church, Muscatine, is a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and is committed to the doctrine of the Lutheran Church as presented in The Book of Concord. We are a congregation uniquely devoted to liturgical worship, to catechesis, and to the centrality of the Holy Communion and other Sacraments in the life of the Christian.
When Should I Arrive
In general, about 10 minutes before a scheduled service is when most people arrive. Some arrive a little earlier and some arrive later.
Where Should I Park
There are two handicap parking stalls located in front of the building for those who desire one.
All the remaining parking spots are for first come first served. More parking is located on the west side of the building in front of the garage. If on the rare occasion you are unable to find an open spot you may park on the grass along the entrance and exit.
Where Should I Enter
There are three entrances into the church building.
The main entrance is on the south side of the building facing Lucas Street. A sidewalk leads you past the large silver cross to the red doors. Once inside a greeter will be available to answers any questions you may have.
The Canopy Entrance
A canopied entrance is also on the south side of the building facing Lucas Street. We call it the Sunday School entrance because you will walk down a long hallway past several classrooms, a nursery room, and the kitchen. At the end of the hallway turn right and you will arrive at the main entryway. Keep going straight and you will enter the room for the worship service.
The Entrance Next to the Garage
The third entrance is on the west side of the building near the garage. Upon entering, walk straight down this hallway to the main entrance and you may continue into the worship room.
What Should I Wear
Wear what is comfortable to you.
People will be wearing anything from suits and dresses to shorts and t-shirts.
What If I Need Help
This is a kind congregation. We all realize that the service takes awhile to learn.
The people sitting next to you will gladly help, if you ask.
If anything the people are too nice and might not want to bother you or automatically assume you need help. They might think you are the relative of someone in the congregation who grew up in this kind of church service.
But if you mention you are new and would like some assistance they would be overjoyed to help.
What About Holy Communion
Holy Communion is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but His very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another. Our Lord invites to His table those who are baptized, trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until He comes. Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is publicly confessed at this altar, any who are not yet baptized, confirmed, in doubt, or who hold a differing confession by membership in another congregation or church body and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor. For further study, see Matthew 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17- 34. Even as we try to respect the practices of other Christian denominations so we ask others to respect our practice. Those who would like to discuss this practice at more length may make an appointment with our pastor to do so.
If you are not communing, but wish to receive a blessing, you are invited to come to the altar rail. Please, cross your arms over your chest to indicate to the pastor that you would like a blessing rather than the Lord’s Supper.
Do I Have To Give Money
No. This congregation is here to serve you with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Besides, it is written that
"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians" 9:7-8.
Do You Offer Private Confession
Yes we do. But we focus on the forgiveness of sins rather than the listing of sins. The focus is not on what you say but upon what Jesus Christ says for you. Here is an example of what happens if you come to our pastor requesting Individual Absolution.
You: Pastor please hear my confession and pronounce forgiveness in order to fulfill God's will.
You: I, a poor sinner, plead guilty before God of all sins. I have lived as if God did not matter and as if I mattered most. My Lord's name I have not honored as I should; my worship and prayers have faltered. I have not let His love have its way with me, and so my love for others has failed. There are those whom I have hurt, and those whom I have failed to help. My thoughts and desires have been soiled with sin. [optional: what bothers me particularly is that....] I am sorry for all this and ask for grace. I want to do better.
Pastor: God merciful to you and strengthen your faith.
Pastor: Do you believe that my forgiveness is God's forgiveness?
Pastor: Let it be done for you as you believe. In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor: Go in peace.