What can I expect? Spirit of Joy is an eclectic faith community of residents,
“snowbirds,” RVers, and visitors. You will find us warm and welcoming. Our attire is comfortable (from shirts and ties to shorts and tennis shoes).
We have a parking lot with ample handicapped spaces near the main campus entrance. For special events, additional parking is available in certain streets. Parking attendants will assist you.
There will be a smiling face to greet you by the door. If you need information, don’t hesitate to ask. We love knowing where our visitors are from. Please sign the guestbook in the narthex (entrance) if you like.
Getting what you’ll need for worship
An usher will hand you an announcement sheet. Hymnals are on shelves under the seats for those who like to see the music. The words are projected onto the large screens up front. Offering envelopes and other information about Spirit of Joy can be found in the welcome folders located in the chair back pockets in every row. Fill out a Welcome Card and put in the offering plate with questions/comments and to let us know if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter.
Entering the worship space
This space is usually buzzing with conversation and activity prior to worship. There are no reserved seats; you are free to sit anywhere. For those who with allergies and olfactory sensitivities, there is a "perfume free" section near the piano. Need help finding a seat? Just ask.
What About Worship?
In the Lutheran tradition, we follow a liturgy - a regular form with music and the spoken word - incorporating these four basic elements:
Gathering - Word - Meal - Sending
We use a variety of musical settings throughout the church season. Lutherans like to sing!
We follow the traditional church season: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, and celebrate other festival days, such as All Saints Sunday, Baptism of our Lord, Transfiguration Sunday, etc.
The only way to know if you like our worship style is to "come and see." You are joyfully invited to join us in worship and fellowship.
Holy Communion is part of every worship service. Everyone is welcome to participate in Communion. If you want a clearer understanding of what we believe about the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, click here. Also, we offer regular “Who We Are” classes for those interested in learning more about our Lutheran understanding and expression of faith.
On Saturdays at 4:30, we gather for a simplified worship service featuring less service music, but we sing the hymns/songs. This worship service is perfume-free and very informal. As with our other worship services, all are welcome to participate in Holy Communion.
8:30am Worship every Sunday. This is our most “traditional” service, but far from “high church.” Joy is in our name and we aim to express that in our worship time together.
11:00am Worship every Sunday. This service is our more casual service with easy to sing/contemporary arrangements of hymns and songs. Sometimes we’ll use a CD recording to sing along with, but we welcome the musical talents of our community to serve as worship leaders.
When there is a 5th Sunday of the month, there is a service of healing in each of the worship services. This is an opportunity to receive an anointing of oil and prayers for healing (for you or for someone else).
Children are welcome here!
Worship is one of the last places in our society where you can find people spanning 10 decades. The eight year old can learn from the octogenarian, and vice versa.
Nearness (to adults practicing and living out their faith) and forming practices of their own are essential to the formation of faith for children through adulthood. The best learning comes from observing and emulating adults. A “cry room” is available if you need it, but we encourage you to have your children with you in worship.
Included in the bulletin is a study guide for daily readings and devotion ideas to take home with you. We continue to seek out resources to support parents in continuing faith conversations in their homes.
September – May: Sunday School for children ages 3-12 yrs. meets on Sundays from 9:45-10:45. Children learn a theme song and verses for each week, then head to the classrooms to explore key Bible stories through song, activity, exploration, and prayer with the new multi-age Spark All Kids program.