New Here? (Worship FAQ)

You're always welcome at Living Hope Lutheran Church.  

 
We look forward to your visit.  Here are some common guest questions about worship.  Feel free to call or email us with any other questions. 


When are the worship services held?
What is Living Hope like?
What does Living Hope teach?
Do you really give away free books and DVDs?
What is the worship service like?
Where is Living Hope located?
How will I know what to do during the service?
Can I remain anonymous (will I be pointed out to everyone as a visitor)?
I just want to come and watch. Is that OK?
How should I dress?
Where should I park?
What about my young children?
What about the offering?
What about Holy Communion?
Who are your pastors?
What if I use a wheelchair, use a service animal, or have special vision or hearing needs?
Are there refreshments after the service?
When are Bible studies held?

When are the worship services held?
Saturdays at 5:00pm
Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30am
Mondays at 6:30pm

Worship Note: All Living Hope worship services are held at the Good Shepherd's campus gym, 1337 South 100th Street, West Allis.

Special Worship Services


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What is Living Hope like?
Living Hope is a congregation with many friendly people and a welcoming atmosphere.
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What does Living Hope teach?
By our very nature we are all rebels against God. God answered our rebellion (our sin) with love. Jesus Christ lived a perfect sinless life for you (as a substitute for you and all people). Jesus also died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins and for the sins of all people. This foundational truth is emphasized by Living Hope in all of its programs. This is the central theme of our worship. We teach what God says in the Bible. You are encouraged to ask us, "Where is that taught in the Bible?" Every Christian pastor and teacher should welcome that question.

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Do you really give away free books and DVDs?
Yes. Any guest at worship can request a free book or DVD valued at $10 - $15 each. Topics include devotions, parenting, depression, Bible teachings, and more.

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What is the worship service like?
Our worship services focus on what God has to tell us in the Bible. Each service has several readings from the Bible, a sermon, 5-6 songs, and several prayers. As you enter the church, an usher should hand you a worship folder. The worship folder helps you follow what is happening during the worship service. Several times the congregation (everyone) will stand to honor God, such as while the Gospel is read from the Bible. While a choir may sing at a service you attend, most songs are sung by the entire congregation. Sometimes the congregation reads out loud from the worship folder. You may choose to stand, sing, and read, or not to stand, sing, or read. It is your choice. Each service lasts about 1 hour.

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Where is Living Hope located?
We are located near the zoo interchange, 0.5 to 1.5 miles from New Berlin, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, and Milwaukee, one block north of Greenfield Avenue on 100th Street in West Allis, Wisconsin.
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How will I know what to do during the service?
If you wish to participate in the service, just follow what is printed in the worship folder which is given to worshipers as they enter church. Please feel free to ask any nearby person, "I'm new here. Can you help me?" We really desire to help our guests including you.
See What is the worship service like?
See What are the service times?

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Can I remain anonymous (will I be pointed out to everyone as a visitor)?
Living Hope does NOT ask visitors to stand up and be introduced as some churches do. Our ushers, greeters, and some regular worshipers will probably greet you as you enter and leave church. It is up to you whether you wish to have an extended conversation with us. Many visitors attend several times before they wish to have a conversation. 

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I just want to come and watch. Is that OK?
It is entirely OK. Everyone is welcome to come and simply watch, or to participate in the worship service. Whether you are a Christian looking for a new church home, or someone of another faith who simply wishes to see what our worship is all about, please feel welcome.

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How should I dress?
Be yourself. Come casual or dress up. Many of our regular worshipers wear their best clothes in reverence to God, while many other regular worshipers wear what is comfortable, knowing that God accepts us as we are. Both can honor God with their choice.

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Where should I park?
There is ample space for parking. There are several of the many angled parking spaces on the street next to the driveway that have been designated as visitor parking. You may choose to use the parking lot on the north side of the building.

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What about my young children?
Families are encouraged to bring their young children to worship. Activity bags for children are available just behind the seating area. If children become restless, a parents' room is available. Exit through the main doors, then enter the hallway past the restroom. the parents' room will be on your left.

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What about the offering?
The offering allows members of Living Hope an opportunity to give a monetary gift out of love for Jesus. As our guest you are not expected to contribute, but any gift you give is appreciated.

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What about Holy Communion?
We celebrate the Lord's Supper on the 2nd and 4th weekends of each month. In keeping with God's Word, and as a confession of faith, we ask that only members of Living Hope, another WELS or ELS congregation, or visitors who have spoken about communion with the pastor before worship, come forward to the Lord's Table.

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Who are your pastors?
Pastor Mark Aufdemberge, Pastor Thomas Kneser, Pastor Timothy Wempner and Pastor Joshua Zarling serve the Lord at Living Hope. You are invited to call and arrange to discuss spiritual matters with these thoroughly trained ministers.

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What if I use a wheelchair, use a service animal, or have special vision or hearing needs?
Accessible reserved parking spaces are available in front of the building. Accessible restrooms are available. Service animals are welcome on our premises. 

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Are there refreshments after the service?
Light refreshments are served following Sunday services.

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When are Bible studies held?
Bible studies are held throughout the week on various topics and in several styles and formats. Come every week or just once in a while. While the content of most studies is aimed at adults, teens and children are also welcome to attend. It is up to the parent to decide if the adult topic is appropriate for their children.  A complete list of dates, current and future topics, and leaders is at Bible Studies. 

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. ~ JOHN 3:16