Welcome! Sometimes visiting a new church can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some pointers to help you feel more at home.
Where is Trinity Lutheran Church located and where should I park?
We are located at 10925 Florida Blvd. Our church is just past the intersection of Sherwood Forest and Florida Blvd going west. We have special parking spaces just for visitors. You are welcome to park right up front near the sanctuary doors. We also have designated handicapped spaces on the right after you pass the sanctuary.
Where do I enter for Worship?
You can enter the sanctuary through any of the large wooden doors. Ushers or greeters will be there to welcome you and answer any questions you may have before worship. They will also provide you with a worship folder, bulletin, and prayer request folder to help guide you through the worship service. You can also enter through the double glass doors on your right just past the sanctuary. If you arrive early, we welcome you to join us for coffee and fellowship in the Assembly Hall.
The parking lot has a double door entrance into the narthex. Greeters are waiting at each entrance to welcome you and answer your questions before worship. The Pastor will greet the congregation before the service and may make brief announcements at the close of the service.
What time are Services?
Our regular Sunday schedule for worship is 8:00 am and 10:30 am. Our LifeStory service begins in the gym at 10:45am. Education hour begins at 9:20 with coffee and fellowship time between the 8:00 service and Sunday School.
What are worship services like?
Our 8:00 & 10:30 worship services are traditional “liturgical worship”. The LifeStory service is contemporary worship held in the gym with a full praise and worship band. We print the entire order of worship in the bulletin for the 8 and 10:30am services, including many of the hymns and readings. If you do become lost or confused, please lean over and ask a “neighbor” next to you. They will be happy to help. The LifeStory Service is lead by a worship leader and is projected onto a full size screen.
What do I wear?
You will see some people in suits and dresses and others in jeans, shorts or other casual attire. In any form, modesty and appropriate attire is appreciated. We are glad you have chosen to worship with us!
What is available for children during worship?
All children are welcome to stay and worship with their families. There is a special time during the service for a Children's Message where children are invited to come forward and participate with the Principal of Baton Rouge Lutheran School or our Director of Children's Ministry. Ushers have children's bulletins available and there are children’s bags in the narthex to help your child through other parts of the service. We know that sitting through church with a little one can sometimes be difficult so there is a staffed nursery available for infants to 3-year-olds. Ask any of the ushers to help guide you to these locations.
What is our Communion Policy?
Communion is celebrated every Sunday. We want you to feel welcome, loved, and know that we care deeply about you, your salvation, and your spiritual health. We value the opportunity to have a relationship with you in Christ. If you have any questions, doubts, or disagreements with our teaching on communion, we would love to hear from you and have a conversation so together we can explore God’s Word which says, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
God’s Word teaches that partaking of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner can result in God’s judgement instead of a blessing. So, we urge those who wish to participate to examine themselves as the Scriptures direct (1 Corinthians 10:14-22, 11:23-34). The Lord’s Supper is celebrated today in the confession and confidence that our Lord gives us 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, set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, and desire with God’s help to conform their life to His Word.
Participation in Holy Communion is also a profound proclamation of unity in faith (1 Corinthians 10:15-18; Acts 2:42-47). In sharing Christ’s body and blood at this altar, we indicate our common commitment to the teachings of Christianity as taught in this congregation. Any who are not yet instructed in the faith, in doubt of or in disagreement with what our church teaches are welcome to come forward and signal their desire to receive a blessing by crossing their hands over their heart.
We invite you to prepare with the following questions:
- Do I admit that I am a sinful person in need of God’s love and forgiveness?
- Do I trust that Jesus is God’s Son my Savior?
- Do I believe Jesus’ promise – that with the bread and wine He declares, “This is My Body, given for you…This is My Blood, shed for you”?
- Do I desire, by the Holy Spirit’s power, to live in a closer relationship with Jesus Christ?
Is there Sunday School for children?
Sunday School and Bible Classes for children, teens, and adults begin at 9:20 each Sunday morning. Check your bulletin for classes and locations or ask an usher.