The Church & COVID-19 Faculty Opinion from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catherines, ON)

It can be frustrating to find a liturgical church when you are new to town, or away from your home church on vacation or business. Let us simplify the process for you and take away some of the guesswork. 

Search our listings for an Evangelical Lutheran Liturgical Congregation near you.

The Historic Liturgy

Join the Ancient Church’s song, at home or away. Christ-centered, reverent, and traditional, our churches follow the historic liturgy so you can depend on hearing the good news of the free forgiveness of your sins in Jesus.

Closed Communion

In accordance with Scripture, the historic practice of the Church, and for the welfare of our neighbor, our churches uphold Closed Communion. If you wish to receive Holy Communion while visiting, speak with the Pastor before the service.

No Shenanigans

No dynamic “song leaders,” no new-fangled liturgy, no creative “praise choruses.” No women lectors or communion assistants, no laypersons with microphones in the pews reading their own prayers, no surprises! Our churches only use the time-tested historic liturgy and Lutheran hymns from the stores of our rich heritage.

Faithful Congregations

Today, the church name on the outside of the building does not guarantee what goes on inside the building. Our congregations maintain faithfulness to Scripture and subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions. It is possible to find your church home, away from home.

Tips for Visiting a New Church:

  • It is a good idea to call ahead to confirm service and Bible study times.
  • If you wish to receive Holy Communion, it is important  to arrive early enough to speak with the pastor before the service, or better yet to call the pastor before that Sunday to ask if you may partake. Be prepared to answer some basic questions, which will allow him to exercise pastoral care for you as a visitor. This information might include whether you are baptized, if you believe that the Lord’s Supper truly is Jesus’ body and blood and delivers the forgiveness for your sins, and whether you are in good standing at your home church.
  • Give yourself extra time to arrive. Every church is different; finding parking or the entrance to the sanctuary or the correct Sunday School room can sometimes be an unexpected delay.
  • Being in new surroundings can easily interrupt our normal habits. If you wish to make an offering to the church you are visiting, remember to bring cash in the correct currency or find a visitor envelope to enclose a check. It is usually possible to request that a receipt be mailed to you, if you wish. Please ask an usher if it is not obvious on the envelope.
  • Stay and chat during coffee time! Often this is a great time to ask questions about local destinations, and be encouraged by your brothers and sisters in the faith.
  • We have not personally been to each of the churches on our list. Please do your own research; take advantage of any information presented on their websites and call ahead if you have any questions.