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What to expect when visiting Eternal Love...
Visiting a new church for the first time can be intimidating. We hope the information below will help you know what to expect. We are confident you will receive a warm welcome when you come, and find our services encouraging and comforting. Click on the tabs below for more information.
    Our Worship Style
  • Eternal Love offers a blended worship style, using a variety of formats, to keep worship interesting and exciting.
    • 1st Sundays -- Traditional hymns with keyboard accompaniment (organ) and Holy Communion. 
    • 2nd Sundays -- Contemporary worship songs accompanied by our excellent Praise Ensemble (woodwinds, brass, keyboards, and lead singers)
    • 3rd Sundays -- Traditional hymns with keyboard (organ) accompaniment and Holy Communion.
    • 4th Sundays -- Contemporary arrangements of traditional hymns are accompanied by our own Cross Rhythms team (guitars, drumset, and piano).
    • 5th Sundays -- Four times a year, when there is a 5th Sunday in the month, we try to employ guest musicians or choirs. Some of the excellent musicians and groups that have led our music on these occasions are Spirited Strings (string instruments), FVL choirs, Koine (guitars and keyboards), Branches Band (acoustic instruments), Susan Ann (soloist), and the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra (Celtic band).
    Each worship service follows a theme and is custom-prepared by our pastors, making use of the abundant worship resources that are currently available. Our chapel is beautiful, the chairs are comfortable, and our services are warm, dignified, and never "same old." 
    The Lord's Supper
  • Eternal Love is a Christian and Lutheran church. We regard the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) as a special gift from Jesus Christ, and we treasure it.

    We celebrate the Lord's Supper on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month in all services, as well as on special occasions such as Maundy Thursday, and New Year's Eve. We use both common cup and individual cups for the distribution of the wine, and we offer both regular and gluten-free wafers for the unleavened bread. Communion is taken at the altar rail, and communicants kneel if they are able to. Designated assistants help our pastors with the distribution. 

    We believe that in the Lord's Supper Jesus gives us His true body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine. This belief is often called "the real presence." See 1 Corinthians 10:16. Thus we believe that communicants receive four things: Jesus' true body with the bread, and Jesus' true blood with the wine.

    We also believe that the Lord's Supper is a means of grace, that is, a means by which God forgives our sins and strengthens our faith. It is a form of the Gospel of forgiveness.

    We also believe that those who commune together at the same table express a common faith (1 Corinthians 10:17). Therefore, we practice a "close" communion, that is, we ask that only those who share our confession of faith (by membership in our church or in one of our sister churches) commune at our altar.

    We also believe that we ought to examine ourselves for repentance and faith prior to taking the Lord's Supper (see 1 Corinthians 11:26-29). Therefore, we only commune those who have been instructed in the Christian faith and have publicly confirmed their faith in the rite of Lutheran confirmation.

    More information about any of these matters can be obtained from our pastors.
    A Typical Service
  • Above all, you can expect sound, Biblical teaching at Eternal Love. We believe that the Bible is God's Word, and our worship is based on it and is focused on it. While our hour-long services vary each week, they typically include the following elements. 

    Hymns and Worship Songs: sung by all and accompanied by our skilled musicians
    Call to worship: we call on the name of our Savior God as we praise Him
    Confession and Forgiveness of Sin: we admit our guilt and the times we have disobeyed God, and we receive His precious assurance of forgiveness
    Scripture Lessons: Two readings from the Bible enrich and illustrate the central truth of each service 
    Children's Devotion: Small children are invited forward for a brief object lesson on the day's theme. Adults enjoy it as much as the children
    Meditation: Every service includes about a 20-minute meditation on a Bible text in which our pastors share the encouragement and guidance of God's Word
    Creed: we confess our faith using one of the historic Christian creeds (Apostles, Nicene, or Athanasian)
    Gathering of Offerings: We are given the opportunity to support the work of the congregation in a free-will, voluntary offering
    Prayers: we pray for ourselves, our community, our nation and world, and we offer God our praise and thanks for His blessings
    Lord's Prayer: we pray the contemporary version of the Lord's Prayer in every service
    Closing Blessing: we receive the Lord's blessing as we depart to put our faith into practice

    Twice each month our worship will include the celebration of the Lord's Supper. See the separate tab on our communion practice.