Join Us

Join-Us-258x300We would love to have you join us for worship Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM. We are located at 3721 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Easiest access is off of Modoc Road, though there is also a side entrance directly into our main parking lot off of Ferrara Way. If you enter off of Modoc Road, please follow the drive around our school building to the right to enter our main parking lot with the easiest access to our front double doors.

We hope that you will come comfortably dressed, but also with respect for those around you. Some people wear suits and ties to our worship, while others come in shorts or jeans. Our members range in age from a few years old to over 90 years old.

Plan on arriving by 9:20 AM. This gives you time to get oriented. You will be greeted as you reach our front doors and will be given some information about our congregation and other activities. There is a sign-in book near the front doors, and if you provide your name and contact information, Pastor Nelson will follow up with you in the coming days. Additionally there are registration cards in the pews (seats) that you can fill out and place in the offering plates.

We have a nursery area located just to the right of the glass doors into the main sanctuary, and you are welcome to go there with your young children if they grow restless during the service or if you wish to nurse discretely. We hope that you’ll spend the majority of your time with us in the sanctuary, though you can hear and see the service from the nursery room. We encourage families to worship together through the entire service. Fidgety kids are normal – don’t feel like you need to hide in the nursery the whole time!  We believe it is valuable and important for children to worship with their parents so they can learn from their parents how to worship!

If you have prayer requests, please fill out a prayer request card located on the table just inside the main sanctuary, before you reach the pews (seats). You can leave the card in the basket on the table or give it to an usher as the offering is collected. These cards are conveyed to Pastor Nelson who will pray for them aloud during the service. Please include the name (if applicable) of the person being prayed for and a short, specific description of the prayer request (healing from a sickness, comfort in a time of loss, guidance in a time of uncertainty, etc.), it will help Pastor Nelson and our community be able to pray more specifically. If a name is difficult to pronounce, please provide phonetic clues. Please print clearly!

Our worship times include songs, confession & absolution, readings from Scripture, a sermon, and on the first and third Sundays of each month Holy Communion. Holy Communion is the continuation of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples, and is considered one of the most intimate and sacred parts of our worship service. If you are visiting for the first time, please speak with Pastor Nelson or an Elder before the service if you would like to participate in Holy Communion. Please do not feel as though it is something that you have to do just because everyone else is doing it, and it is advised that first time visitors refrain if they are unfamiliar with Lutheran sacramental beliefs. We take 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 seriously, and ask that those who desire to participate in Holy Communion do as well.

Light refreshments are available after the worship service, and include coffee, water, and a variety of snacks. Most Sundays we gather in Luther Hall, just down the hallway from our sanctuary. This is a great time to get to know other folks and learn more about our community.

We provide a time of further teaching and discussion after worship at 11:00 AM. Adults gather in the Fireside Room, located down the long hallway through the last doorway on the right.  We encourage you to gather with us to further experience the Word of God as the Holy Spirit works within us!

Through the week we usually have additional opportunities for further study, and we can provide you with up to date information on that if you call or visit with us. During certain times of the year (Advent and Lent – the month of December and usually mid-spring, respectively) we have midweek Wednesday services at 7:00 pm to provide further opportunity for contemplation and reflection during these important times of anticipation and preparation for Christmas and Easter.