What To Expect

Worship is at the very core of our identity at American Lutheran Church.

We believe that worship is a communal act as a response to the Holy Spirit’s invitation. Our tradition in this ELCA Community is that we choose to worship with hymns, a pipe organ and a choir. As a community we gather together to hear God’s Word, share in Holy Communion to be sent out to serve. In other words, worship is about giving praise, thanksgiving, and adoration to God so that we are empowered to love and care for the world. Through worship we celebrate those things which bind us together: prayers for our common needs, song that lifts our spirits, and a relationship with each other that is grounded in God’s great love for us.

Questions About Worship

  • How many services are at American Lutheran Church? When are they? How long do they last?

    Depending on the time of the year, our regular schedule during the months of November – April includes three worship opportunities: Saturday at 4 PM and Sunday at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Because Sun City is made up of many snow-birds, during the months of May – October, we have two worship opportunities: Saturday at 4 PM and Sunday at 9:30 AM. Each worship service normally lasts between an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.

  • Where do I go when I arrive for worship at American Lutheran Church?

    From anywhere in the parking area, look for the bell tower; the doors to the sanctuary are located directly underneath it. As you enter the narthex, or gathering space, of the sanctuary we invite to you stop by the “Welcome Center” where information is available about the church. As a special way to thank you for choosing to worship with us, we would like very much to give you a special gift. If you like, one of friendly greeters or ushers will help you find a seat.

  • How does American Lutheran Church worship?

    We follow what is in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) book of worship. This type of worship has been passed down through the ages and is similar to many Lutheran, other Protestant churches, and even Catholic worship services.

  • Are children allowed at worship? What if they become restless?

    Absolutely! Regardless of age, everyone is invited and wanted to participate in worship. If your child becomes restless,there is no need to be embarrassed! We understand it can be difficult for a child to sit for an hour. If this happens, we will do our best to accommodate you and your family. If you would like, we have quiet activities for them do at their seats. If that’s not enough, you are free to take them into the narthex, outside, or the fellowship hall to calm them down.

  • What should I wear?

    Many people aren’t sure what to wear when they visit ALC. We want you to be comfortable when you visit. When you are at one of our services, you’ll see a range of styles from jeans to suits. Feel free to be casual or wear your “Sunday best.”

  • What is Holy Communion and who can participate?

    Holy Communion is a sacrament, or a visible sign of God’s invisible grace. It is not a reward for the perfect; rather food for the hungry. Through Holy Communion we are nourished, empowered, and sent out to share God’s love. We believe the Holy Communion table is not ALC’s table or a Lutheran table. We believe it is Christ’s table, so all are invited.

  • What if I have other questions, especially during the service?

    We love questions. Feel free to ask the pastors before or after the service. The pastors will do their best to direct you through worship so that you don’t feel lost. If you have a question during the service, you are free to ask someone seated around you. If they don’t know, keep asking around until you find someone who does know the answer!