Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear around the church:
Is that holy water as you come in to church?
Sort of. It is water that is holy because it is the water that is used for the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. It isn’t holy water as Roman Catholic churches think of and use holy water. It is baptismal water and we are all invited to dip our fingers into it as we come and go from church and give thanks for our life in Christ, which began in baptism.
Why do we do commune in different ways?
There are many different ways of taking part in God’s meal. There are different forms the meal can take and be served—the bread can be broken from one loaf (one bread, one body) or the bread can be a flat bread or wafer that represents the unleavened bread that Jesus shared with his disciples at the last supper. The wine can be served in individual cups or we can dip or “intinct” the bread in one common cup. At Our Savior the tradition has been to represent the multiple ways that we can participate in God’s meal. On regular Sundays we commune by receiving a piece of bread from a common loaf or unleavened bread. On special festival weekends we come forward in a continuous process and receive the unleavened wafer and dip it into a common cup of wine. Gluten free wafers are available (just ask the pastor when you come forward). And white grape juice is available instead of wine in the trays.
I am new to the Lutheran church, where can I learn some Lutheranism 101?
First of all, “Welcome!” Secondly, we regularly offer adult education classes on Sunday mornings that allow for further learning and reflection and growing in faith through the traditions of the Lutheran Church. Attend these classes, and/or make an appointment with one of the pastors to ask your questions in person! Call the church office: 772-567-2253
What is the ELCA?
The ELCA is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the several different expressions of Lutheranism in the U.S. You can find out a whole lot more here: ELCA Mission, Vision, and History
Why do we say “catholic” church in the Apostles Creed?
It seem confusing. But the word catholic (with a lower case ‘c’) means the universal church not the Roman Catholic (capitol ‘R’ and ‘C’) Church. It is a way of saying that Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, so forth, we are all one in Christ. The word catholic is also the closest English word to the original word in the creed.