What to Expect

Welcome!

Hope is a congregation that delights in having visitors, and we want to be as helpful as we can be. We know that visiting a new church can be a bit disorienting and have set this page aside to give our visitors a glimpse of what they can expect before they walk through our doors.

Of course, we are also happy to answer any questions before, during, and after a visit.


Where are we located?

We are located at ​​10391 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 20109; our map is available to find directions to our church.

We have ample parking in front of the church and no "assigned parking" other than our designated handicapped spaces, so with our blessings park anywhere you'd like.

Children of all ages!

We believe strongly that families should worship together. For those times when kids need a break, we offer a Cry Room located just off the sanctuary for restless kids and nursing infants. The Cry Room has a window that looks into the sanctuary and a speaker so that you can still hear the service. Worship bags with crayons and activities for children to take with them into worship are available just outside the sanctuary as well.

Additionally, a time is set aside during the service just for the little ones to come forward to hear a message from the Pastor especially tailored for them. We want them to know that all of God's children, young and old, play an important part in our worship service.

Announcing You

Yes, it’s true, some congregations will make you stand up and identify yourself during the service! Hope Lutheran is not one of those congregations. Our greeters will meet you when you arrive and we hope you will stay to talk with us afterward. We would ask you to fill out a blue welcome card found in the pew rack and place it in the offering plate or give it to an usher. If you are looking for a worship home, we invite you to make Hope Lutheran yours.

What to Wear?

God welcomes all to worship on Sunday mornings, and our community extends the same welcome. We dress to honor and respect God’s creation and that takes many forms from dresses, jackets and ties to jeans, polo shirts and boots.

Please wear what you feel is comfortable and honors our time together to worship God.

Following Along...

Church services can be hard to keep up with, but our helpful ushers will make sure you have a service bulletin before you enter the nave. The bulletin contains a detailed outline of the worship service, which is followed by the congregation during the service.

Hymnals are located in the pews and seats and will match the bulletin’s directions for parts of the service. Readings from Holy Scripture are printed on the back cover of the bulletin, for your easy access.

Special Needs

Hope is committed to creating a place where adults and families of children and youth with special needs can comfortably and confidently attend worship. We hope to minister to each member of the family so they will be able to ultimately call Hope their spiritual home.

We offer large print bulletins and printed sermons for those interested. Hope is fully handicap accessible. For any accessibility questions, please contact the Church Office

Music

Hope Lutheran has a vibrant musical program and choir that will immeasurably enhance your worship experience with us. The Cantor and Choir fill the sanctuary with glorious tones during our services, often also featuring piano, organ, and other instrumental soloists.

We encourage you to lift up your voice with theirs to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord"!

Offering

You are neither expected nor required to place anything in the offering plates, however, you are certainly welcome to share if you would like! After the sermon, we collect an offering. Ushers will come to the altar, receive the offering plates, and begin to pass the plates through the congregation, row by row.

This offering is a chance for the members to financially support the work of Hope Lutheran in response to the grace and blessings they receive from God.

Communion

We believe the Sacrament of the Altar is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine, and does impart to us forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. We welcome baptized visitors who share our common confession to share communion with us, and we ask that before coming to the Lord's Table, you examine your faith in these words and examine your heart for anything unforgiven. If you have any doubts or questions about this practice please speak with the pastor beforehand.

Children are also welcome to come forward for a blessing.

Communion wine is offered both in individual containers and via chalice.

After the Service

Our Fellowship Board provides refreshments for Fellowship after the 10:30AM service, and all are welcome to linger over these delicious offerings to catch up a bit with fellow congregants.

Pastor Wallschlaeger (aka "Pastor Joel") positions himself at the church entrance, makes a specific point to speak to all before they leave the church, offering his farewell blessings for the week ahead.