The following information will help acquaint you to our church:

Shepherd of the Hills is a liturgical church, which means that our worship service follows a set script. Elements of the service include hymns, an Old Testament Lesson, an Epistle Lesson (taking from the New Testament), Gospel Lesson and sermon. In addition, confession, creeds, a children’s message, prayers and responsive songs and text are integral parts of the service. If you’re unfamiliar with this style of worship, the worship service is projected at the front of the church, or you can follow along with bulletin or liturgy which appears in our hymnal.

Ushers are stationed at the entryway to the sanctuary. They will hand you a worship folder (which includes our order of service, Bible readings, contact information, announcements, and upcoming events), and answer any questions you may have. The service will begin with a hymn and worshipers are asked to stand as the cross is brought down the aisle.

Communion is celebrated on the first and third weekend of each month.
The Lord’s supper is celebrated in the confession and glad confidence that, Jesus spoke the truth when He said, “this is my body…this is my blood.” We receive His body and blood in, with and under the bread and wine. Jesus also declares that His gift is 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 confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor or an elder. For further individual study, please see Matthew 5:23f; 10:32f; 18:15-35; 26:26-29 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

There are no fashion police here though we do ask that you dress in a manner that is respectful and appropriate for worship. We’re simply happy to have you worship with us.

If you have small children, there is a small cry room located in the back, northeast corner of the sanctuary. It is equipped with speakers, so you can still hear the service.

Large-print bulletins are available from the ushers.

A hearing Loop is installed for the hearing impaired

Coffee and snacks are served following the worship service. Join us in the Fellowship Hall for conversation and a treat; stay for Bible study (for all ages).

If you have any questions, our ushers and elders are eager to help.