What to Expect
Are you looking for a church? Planning to visit St. Paul Lutheran in Sevierville? We hope that the following information will answer any of your questions and address some of your concerns. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information. Contact information is on our "Home" page or under the "About Us" menu above..
What should I wear?
Many people wear dress clothes, while some, including most guest to our area, dress casually. Wednesday services tend to be more casual than Saturday & Sunday services. Regardless, we encourage you to wear clothes that are sensible and comfortable, and modest. Whether you wear a tuxedo or jeans, you are welcome.
Will I be singled out as a guest?
We will not point you out as a guest, or make you stand up as a part of the service and introduce yourself, but we will try and greet you as you arrive and we will encourage you to fill out and turn in a Guest card located in the pew rack where you are seated.
What about children?
Children are always welcome. We want families to worship together. Children's "activity bulletins" are available from an usher upon arrival. On most Sundays, children of all ages are invited to come forward to listen to a brief children's "sermon", but this is optional. If you need to take your child out of the sanctuary during the service, you can still listen to the service on the speakers in the narthex or in the nursery. Our nursery is not staffed, so you will need to remain with your child.
How long is the service?
Each service lasts about an hour, more or less. Wednesday services are usually around 30 minutnes.
What kind of music do you have?
We sing traditional hymns from our ‘Lutheran Service Book’, accompanied by an organ or keyboard.
When you arrive
When you first enter the church through the main entrance, you will be welcomed by our greeters. One of the ushers will give you a bulletin. The bulletin contains the order and structure of today's worship service (the "liturgy"), and includes today's lessons and hymn numbers, as well as an insert containing announcements for the week.
Please feel free to ask any questions of the greeters or ushers regarding the church or the service. With only a few exceptions, we celebrate Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) at every service.
For your convenience, restrooms and a coat rack are available at the end of the narthex (think "lobby".)
Other than the back row which is reserved for families with small children, there are no other reserved seats in the "sanctuary", so feel free to sit wherever you like. After choosing your seat, look in the pew rack in front of you where you will find:
Can I take Communion?
We believe that our Lord gives us not only bread and wine, but that the bread and wine are His very body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of our sins. Our Lord invites to His table those who examine themselves as having faith in His words, are repentant of all sins, are at peace with everyone, and harbor no hatred or vengeance in their heart. We follow God’s example, just as He forgives and loves each of us. Those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood in an unworthy manner, do so to their great harm. Our church body practices close(d) communion and we seek to follow this practice as best we can with God's help. If you desire to take Communion with us, but have not been formally instructed, or are in doubt about our confession of faith, we ask that you first speak with the Pastor or one of the elders.
Do you take up an offering?
Yes, we do take an offering at each service. We feel that the offering is an opportunity for us to give back to God what He has blessed us with. For members, it is an integral part of the worship service. Guests should not feel obligated to participate.
More about the worship service
Just before the start of the service, an elder will light the candles while our organist plays a prelude. The Pastor will then enter, greet the congregation, make any special announcements, and then begin the service following the order of the liturgy in your bulletin.
The liturgy typically consists of the following sections:
We welcome your feedback
After your visit, we would love to hear from you regarding your worship experience at St. Paul. You are encouraged to complete a brief survey. Thank you for worshiping with us and we hope that you return soon.