Frequently Asked Questions
The worship service starts with a quick welcome and important announcements. Then, our worship musicians lead everyone in singing a few modern Christian worship songs. If singing isn’t your thing, no problem! The lyrics are displayed on a screen above the platform so that you can follow along. Plenty of people follow along silently, and plenty of people sing when they feel comfortable.
Next, we say a few prayers and read some short passages from the Bible. All of the prayers and readings are displayed on the screen above the platform. We take a money offering, where people are invited to consider giving financially to support Christ Lutheran Vail’s work. If you are a first-time guest with us, we won’t ask you to give anything. In fact, we’d like to give you a gift to welcome you to our church. Just fill out a First Time Visitor card and we’ll drop it by.
Finally, our pastor gives a message (sometimes called a sermon) that connects with the readings, prayers, and singing earlier in the service. The pastor presents an important topic in our lives and works through what God has to say about that topic through the Bible. After the message, everyone is welcome to grab some coffee or snacks and spend some time getting to know one another.
Come in what makes you comfortable! We worship in jeans, tees, button-downs, dresses, and suits…and just about as many other styles as there are people in attendance on any given Sunday. Bottom line: we care about you – not your wardrobe.
At the last meal with His disciples, Jesus said to “Take and eat” and “Take and drink”. This was during the Passover meal celebrated by Israelites since their rescue from Egypt. It is also our celebration of being rescued from sin, shame, and fear.
At Christ Lutheran Vail we celebrate communion every Sunday. This helps us focus on the sacrifice of Jesus and our continued connection to him and other followers. When you commune with us, you join with the Christian Church throughout time to celebrate all God does in this world. All baptized Christians who agree to pursue our mission are welcome to participate.
During the pandemic, we serve communion individually at your seat. Pick up the bread/wine packets as you enter the lobby. During the service, there will be a time to receive communion and you can follow along with the Pastor. Ushers collect the empty packets after communion. If you’d rather not take communion, that’s okay, too.
If you have more questions about communion, feel free to reach out to us.
We have something for all ages!
- There is nursery available on Sundays for babies through children age 4.
- We offer Radicle Kids for PreK – 5th grade on Sunday mornings during the 9:00am service.
- Kids in PreK – 5th grade meet from 5:00pm – 6:00pm on Wednesdays during the school year for Little Sprouts as a part of our family-friendly CLV Wednesdays program.
For more information or to register your child, please check out our Kids Page.
We have opportunities for your middle or high school youth to get connected! Confirmation class for middle school meets on Sundays during the school year after worship service. There’s Wednesday evening Youth Group for both middle and high schoolers. You can find more information on our Middle and High School Youth Page.
If you’re new to Christ Lutheran Vail, there’s no better way to get connected than Discover CLV.
Discover CLV is a series of 4 short sessions where new folks can meet some of our leaders, get to know one another, and learn about our community at Christ Lutheran Vail. The sessions are informal. They do not require any knowledge of the Bible or theological background – just an interest in what we do here. During the 4th week, we’ll help you connect with a community or volunteer group if you’d like. And we’ll answer any questions you have about our practices, beliefs, and plans. Contact the church office to find out when the next class is. We’d love to get to know you!
Christ Lutheran Vail is a part of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS is a Lutheran denomination that dates back to the mid 1800’s and was begun by a group of German Immigrants. Today, the Synod is made up of about 6000 congregations.