Worship

Join us Sundays for

Traditional Worship at 8:45am
and
Contemporary Worship at 11am
with
Education for all ages at 10am.

Our address is

1701 Fredericks St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Take the Grand Avenue exit off the 101 freeway and turn north towards Cal Poly. Fredericks St. is the first residential street on your left.

During holiday and summer breaks, We often meet at 9:30am for one blended service. We hold mid-week services during Advent and Lent on Wednesdays at 7pm, preceded by a community soup supper at 6pm.

Please check our online calendar or connect via phone, email, or social media for more details.

What to Expect

Lutheran worship follows a basic pattern of Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending. Our main resource for expressions of this pattern is Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the book with the cranberry-red cover you will see all around the sanctuary. It contains common affirmations, responses, prayers, songs, chants, and hymns, as well as the Psalms.

If this pattern is new to you, don’t worry! Everything you need to know will either be in the printed worship bulletin, or projected on a screen at the front of the sanctuary.

We practice open communion, called the Eucharist, and we celebrate it every Sunday. It’s Jesus Christ who invites everyone to the table to share in the bread and wine, so come on up.

 Christ’s body and blood are given FOR YOU

Traditional Worship, 8:45am

This service often feels more formal, with a structure that will be familiar to those with a background in the Catholic and other “mainline” Protestant traditions. Organist Paul Woodring accompanies our hymns, spirituals, and other songs from a more classical repertoire.

(Our choir is on temporary sabbatical as we search for a new choir director and rehearsal pianist. If these are your gifts, please apply! )

Contemporary Worship, 11am

This service still follows our Lutheran liturgy, yet with a more casual feel, similar to that found in many non-denominational Protestant churches. The Joyful Sound praise band, led by saxophonist Dave Becker, leads us in singing contemporary Christian music with rock, pop, folk, and jazz influences.

Especially for Children

Children are welcome at every worship service to engage at whatever level suits them and their grown-ups. (Pastors Valerie and Dan Carlson have two young children who like to “help” during worship.)

  • The Prayground area on the left side of the sanctuary has books, soft toys, and other quiet activities.  A “calm room” at the rear right of the sanctuary offers more privacy.
  • A children’s sermon and children’s church lesson (aimed at ages 3-8) are offered during the 11am Contemporary Worship service. Children return to the sanctuary in time for the Eucharist meal, and may receive either a blessing or the bread and juice, according to their grown-ups preferences.
  • All children and youth are invited to join the Joyful Sound band during our Sending Song. Pick up an instrument from the basket at the front of the stage, or just come dance and sing!

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