What can I expect in the worship service?
St. Peter is a small church whose members represent every age and stage of life. Visitors often comment that they like the friendly “family-feel” of our church.
We think you’ll also enjoy the reverent worship at St. Peter. Our services are about an hour long and feature a set order of worship (liturgy) that includes prayers and a confession of our sins and faith. Congregational singing is an important part of our worship. Our hymns, both traditional and contemporary, remind us of the wonderful things our Savior has done for us and our salvation.
We strive to make worship as easy to follow as possible. Two projector screens allow worshippers to follow along with the entire service without having to navigate a hymnal (although hymnals are readily available for those who prefer). Pastor’s sermons are generally about 20 minutes long. Sermon notes are included in the bulletin, and related pictures and readings are projected on the screens. This helps even young children to stay engaged.
Members of St. Peter give offerings out of love to the Lord. As guests, however, we want the blessings of this service to be a gift to you. We are simply happy to have you!
One of the most frequently asked questions people have about worship at St. Peter is our practice of closed or close Communion, in which only members of our congregation and sister-congregations (WELS, ELS) are invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). First of all, a disclaimer: we do not practice closed Communion to be exclusionary or judgmental. We want all people to join us for this heavenly banquet. So please don’t think that we want to exclude you. Nothing could be further from the truth! That being said, Scripture has some very definite things to say about who is to be invited to the Lord’s table. That’s why we ask that you talk to the pastor first before communing.
What about my children?
We love to have children and families worship together! However, if needed, we have a library room equipped with a video feed of the service that serves as our nursery. It’s a good place for children to regain their composure and then rejoin us for service.
Every second and fourth Sunday we include a children’s message. The children are invited to participate in a visual lesson that will prepare them for the main theme of the service.
What if I use a wheelchair or have special vision or hearing needs?
Our parking lot and building are wheelchair accessible. The service is printed clearly on overhead projectors to allow those with poor vision to follow along. We also have a closed-loop FM system with headphones and volume control. The system is also compatible with some hearing aids. If you need any such assistance while at St. Peter, please let us know!
How do I find out more about your teachings?
If you would like to read more about our beliefs and practices, check out the website of our church body, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
What is WELS or Wisconsin Synod?
St. Peter Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The word “synod” is a Greek word that means, “walking together.” Our synod was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1850. WELS includes over 1,300 congregations worldwide, with a membership of about 400,000. The name “Lutheran” comes from the great reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546). In a period in history when the Church had lost sight of the Savior and the truth of his Word, Martin Luther boldly challenged these errors and preached salvation by Jesus Christ alone. We are proud to remember his work in bringing to light the truth of God’s Word by using his name to identify ourselves.