Getting to Know Us

  Getting to Know Us  
Our worship services are designed to be a two-way conversation with God.  He speaks to us through his Word and Sacraments, and we speak to him through our prayers, praises and offerings.
 
 What is worship like?

Every church has its own style of worship.  We think you'll enjoy the services at Shepherd of the Hills, but as in any church you should expect it to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together.   Each week the order of service, bible verses and hymns are printed in a handy easy to read worship folder an usher or another member will hand you.   Please feel free to sit where ever you like.   There are no assigned seats here.   It is our goal to provide an environment where you can learn, grow and develop your understanding of your Savior, Jesus Christ.  Whatever types of music or liturgy our worship services may include, we always want Christ and his saving work to stand center stage and the gospel to predominate.

You are welcome to bring along your own Bible and follow along there if you choose. Our services focus on readings from the Bible, normally a minimum of three separate passages. There we hear God talk to us. Music and singing are an important part of our services, since Lutherans are known as the singing church.   Thorough our worship service we sing hymns of praise to God. 

The main focus of our worship here at Shepherd of the Hills is always on what God has done for us.  You will notice that many of the songs we sing remind us of God’s great deeds on behalf of all people, and especially His own.  God’s greatest act on our behalf was the sending of His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life in our place, to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and to rise from death on Easter morning, so that we could have eternal life with Him in heaven.  You'll find reminders of these important truths throughout our entire service.

Our services use traditional forms and modern language and application. The traditional brings us the best from God's Church throughout the ages and the contemporary brings God's promises and his will into our daily lives. We hope you enjoy both.  Don't come to us expecting to find a church filled with "perfect" people.  We make no such claims about ourselves.  Church is a spiritual hospital for us all with Jesus Christ as our great healer.

"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." Matthew 9:12. 

 
  • For a closer look at our elements of worship services, you can go here.
Join us for worship!

Sunday mornings at 9:30 am

With Sunday School classes for all ages at 10:45 am

 
What should I wear?

Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they've never visited before.   Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, Shepherd of the Hills doesn't make any rules either.  Dress is a personal matter between you and God.  You will see all kinds at our services from casual to dressy and all are welcome equally before God.  Do not worry about feeling that you will be out of place if you do not dress "right."

 
Cry Room/Noisy Children

The good news of Jesus is not just for adults!  Our congregation is blessed with a mixture of age ranges and children are warmly welcomed.   We encourage you to bring your entire family and crayons and special coloring paper are available for your use.   During special services, Pastor even has a Children's Lesson geared towards our little ones.   During the service, Pastor may invite the children to come to the front of the church and sit down with him while he gives a short lesson on the theme of the day.    If you feel you need it we have a cry room/nursery with a changing table available and a nice comfortable couch for you to relax on.   The cry room has audio from the sanctuary so you can still listen and follow along with the service.
Hearing Aid Loop System Installed

For those worshipers who need extra help in hearing, Shepherd of the Hills has installed a Hearing Aid Loop System.   Please ask Pastor or one of our elders for more information or specifics of the system.    This system is installed on the left hand side as you enter the sanctuary and we urge those worshipers who would benefit from this system to sit on the left hand side during services.
Fellowship

After every service coffee, tea, juice and light snacks are offered in our main entry area as we gather together to chat and get to know each other.  Please feel free to help yourself.  

 
What is the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)? 

While our church was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in Wisconsin, hence the name, our members come from many different states to include native born Virginians.   You don't have to be from Wisconsin to worship with us!   Our membership is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, all gathered together to hear the truth of God's Word.   We are members in the WELS synod because this allows small churches like us to do great things with our fellow believers as we pool our resources.   We also take comfort in knowing there are Christians just like us throughout the world who share our concern and determination to keep our faith firmly based on the bible, exactly as it is written.