What to expect
Our Sunday worship gathering begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts between and hour on the low end, and 75 minutes, typically when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper or Communion, which is normally on the first Sunday of the month. (More about Communion.) If you’re running late, you can miss a few announcements and still arrive in time to experience some of our gathering music.
Our worship gatherings are liturgical, but we’re closer to “low church” than “high church.” Our music runs toward contemporary praise music, but it’s a rare that we don’t sing at least one traditional hymn.
Planning Your Visit
Wear what you like. People dress pretty casually. This is Alaska. You’ll see everything from jeans and sneakers up to an occasional jacket-and-tie or dress.
Kids. Are you going to bring kids? Your children are welcome to remain with you in worship, but we have nursery care for infants and toddlers in the Education Center next door, and (after the children’s message) child care for kids through age six. If your kids stay with you in worship, we have coloring pages and other materials to help them get the most from their time with us. Please ask one of our ushers for assistance or directions.
Restrooms. Our restrooms are kind of hard to find, so you might want to ask for assistance. In the worship center, they’re downstairs in the basement, opposite the kitchen at the far end from stairs by the front door. There are more restrooms in the Education Center next door.
Offering. We receive an offering every week. Jesus taught that part of how we worship God is by giving our lives away—our time, our labor, and our money. We who see Jewel Lake Parish as our church home give with joyful and generous hearts as we join in the work God is doing here and around the world. If you’re our guest, please don’t feel pressured to participate in the offering.
Distractions. We would appreciate it if you silenced all cell phones and pagers. If you need to take a call, please use the entrance area or inside stairwell of the Worship Center for any necessary conversations.
If this is your first time with us, please let us know you were here by filling out one of the blue Guest Information Cards, which you can obtain from any of our greeters. To return it, simply place it in the offering plate. Or, if you prefer, you can just register online.
Prayer Requests? We’d love to pray for any troubles that concern you. You can drop a written prayer request in the offering plate and we’ll pray about it during the week. If you prefer, meet with Pastor Luke after the gathering and you can share your prayer request directly.
Questions? If you have questions, or just need to talk to someone, please find Pastor Luke after the gathering. He would be pleased to talk and pray with you. Or, if you prefer, he can help you connect with others in the congregation.
The Sacrament of Communion / the Lord’s Supper
Can You Participate? The Lord Jesus invites everyone who trusts him to join us at his table. In our understanding, the invitation to the Lord’s Table is not a reward offered to some worthy few. Instead, our Lord offers it freely as a gift to undeserving people who come to it in faith, repentance, and love.
For nearly 2000 years, followers of Jesus have used bread and wine as signs pointing to the reality of his death, which paid for all our sins, and his resurrection, the source of our new life in Christ.
(At JLP, our practice is to serve unfermented grape juice in place of wine.)
Our prayer of thanksgiving incorporates translations of prayers from the early Church, including the Sursum Corda (“Raised hearts”), a prayer that dates from the 3rd century or earlier and the Sanctus (“Holy”), a 5th century hymn of victory that uses the language of the prophet’s vision (Isaiah 6) and the praise of the crowd for Jesus (Matthew 21).