I'm glad you found your way to our website. A screen can only say so much, so we hope to meet you in person. Our church is inspired by three things, growing, uniting and serving. All centered around the love of God through Jesus, we believe these three aspects of the Christian life to be vital.
We are glad that you are interested in learning more about us. We hope that the information below will help make your time with us a little bit easier.
We are located at 5700 98th Street in the south part of Lubbock, TX. For a Google map and directions, click here. We are at the intersection of 98th Street and Frankford Avenue.
Which Doors to Use
We have two main entrances into the building. They are labeled entrance 1 and 2. The main doors to the narthex leading into the sanctuary are the doors towards to the West with the portico overhang labeled 2. The main doors leading into the school offices and the receptionist is the Eastern more doors with the large tree beside labeled 1. During the week, due to security for the school children all doors are locked and the only way into the building is through door 1 where someone would be able to let you in. On Sunday mornings both sets of doors are unlocked.
If You're Coming for Worship...
Most of our first time guests like to visit a worship service to get a feel for what Hope is like. You are welcome to join us at either of our worship services. Each Sunday morning we offer two different service times, 8:30 and 11:00. Both services are similar in style and message. We enjoy vibrant music with a reverent service of worship.
You are welcome to come to worship wearing whatever you find comfortable and appropriate in a public place. You'll find some wearing coats and ties and others in sandals and shorts, along with everything in between. We even have the occasional baseball uniform during church.
Of course kids are welcome! That is what we are all about. We love kids and we place a high value on families being able to worship together. Nothing is more fundamental for raising children to know and follow Jesus than being in worship together as a family.
At the same time, we know that it isn't always easy, especially when kids are young or just getting started in worship, so we offer a number of things to help.
Activity Bags are available immediately when you enter the sanctuary along with a bulletin for children to use. The bulletin is full of age appropriate games and coloring pages that fit the theme of the service.
The Nursery is available during all our worship services from ages 0-3 years. Feel free to bring your child to the nursery during part, most or all of the service. Our nursery is staffed with qualified individuals from our school who are trained and have gone through background checks.
A Children's Message is offered each Sunday service. This is a simple way to engage kids in the worship service. Kids from babies to 6th graders typically come to the children's message. Sometimes a child is nervous coming up to the front in order to hear a message. When that is the case, no worries. We have many parents who go to the front with their child. So bring your baby up or hold hands with your "big kid" during this time if that is what it takes.
Sunday School is offered every Sunday morning between services beginning at 9:45. The typical Sunday School experience for kids starts in the sanctuary with a fun puppet show. From there the different age groups go to their respective classes and learn through lessons of crafts, experiments and stories. Don't forget to take home each week the "God Talk at Home" sheet for parents. This gives practical ways you can bring the conversation home and further the lesson of faith.
Baptism and Communion
Because we place a high value on receiving the gifts that Jesus gives through His Word (the Bible) and the Sacraments (Baptism and Communion), you will see them often in our worship services.
Baptisms are conducted whenever they are requested. These are always an exciting part of the worship service. Often dads are encouraged to speak a blessing over their child during the baptism. The congregation in turn prays a blessing over the family. The pastor then speaks a blessing over the parents. Needless to say, we think baptisms are special and we want to recognize God's blessings during this time. We baptize persons of all age from the elderly to the new born. Each instance, big or small, young or old, is a blessing from God.
Communion is offered every worship service on Sunday. As a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, we practice close(d) communion, in recognition of the fact that we offer in communion the true body and blood of Jesus Christ. Click here to read further what this practice means.
For those who are our guests, we encourage you to kindly speak with the pastor before joining us for communion.
Joining the Church
You do not need to be a member of the church to participate in the life and activities of our ministry, whether that is attending a worship service, enrolling in our school, or joining in a service project or fellowship event. The family of God is built around relationships, not membership.
All are welcome!
If you would like to become an official member of the church, we have a simple process that begins with meeting with the pastor.