Staff & Volunteers
Rev. Steven Renner
Alec Christian Brock
Martha Anne Schmuckie
Dr. Tom Tretter
Alec Christian Brock
Rev. Steven Renner
What will worship services be like?
Worship is inviting, participatory, relevant and transforming. It is a ‘come as you are’ casual service that follows a pattern (liturgy) each week. The service is spirited traditional, and there is much singing. Also expect the Peace to last 5 minutes, as the congregation is very friendly and are like a family.
Do I have to become a member to attend?
No! We welcome everyone to attend our services; members and guests.
How does someone become a member?
We hold regular new member classes that will help you get to know the basics of Christianity, the Bible, and Lutheranism. Just speak with Pastor Steven when you are interested.
Can I take Holy Communion if I’m not Baptized?
All are invited to receive Holy Communion. Lutherans believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in the bread and wine. Children not yet communing are encouraged to come for a blessing as well.
We have young children, can we still attend services?
Of course! While there is a nursery with a professional attendant for children 6 and under, all children are encouraged and welcome to participate in the worship with their families. There is a children’s message where all children are welcome to come to the front of the worship space and learn with Pastor Steven.
What does it mean to be Reconciled In Christ?
This means that through continuous reformation, the Church embraces in holiness and into wholeness people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, or relationship status, strengthening us for authentic, visible, faithful lives.
What is the ELCA?
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the largest Lutheran group in North America, founded in 1988 when three American Lutheran church bodies united. Lutherans are part of a reforming movement within the whole Christian church; as a part of practicing their faith, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessors have engaged in ecumenical dialogue with other church bodies for decades. Lutheranism is a faith tradition that is open to all, regardless of background. The ELCA alone is four million members strong, with nearly 9,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
What to Expect
Third Lutheran uses a liturgy based on ancient patterns and rituals. While it is liturgical it is also relaxed. As a church without walls, we worship in Heritage Hall at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, an intimate informal worship space.
Our liturgies are also contemplative. In the midst of busy lives and near-constant connection to cell phones and computers, we treasure some time away to gather in sacred space for silence and reflection.
Our worship is user-friendly. Guests and members compare our service to a Roman Catholic mass. At the same time, we have many members who come to us from non-liturgical background and they feel home here as well. Whatever your background, our bulletin is created so you can participate at whatever level you are comfortable.
Sermons are relevant to contemporary issues and struggles. Though they engage our minds, a dose of humor or a down-to-earth example helps make ancient texts fresh for today.
Our services use organ and piano. Most often we sing traditional hymns–supplemented with other styles particularly when they reflect the scriptures and themes for a given Sunday.Each Sunday services are at 10:30 am. Midweek evening services are typically offered on Wednesday or Thursday at 7:15 during Advent and Lent.
We’re formal and informal. Most folks dress casually yet our liturgy involves robes and processions. There is a sense of tradition, yet blended with warmth, relevance and openness.
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday. Folks approach the pastor after taking an empty communion cup to receive the wine. Others prefer to take a cup with grape juice in it. Gluten-free wafers are available per advance request. Those who cannot partake of either element for health reasons may commune in one form. If you prefer just a blessing, please approach the pastor with your arms across your chest. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table without exception, including children. A blessing is also provided for infants/toddlers not yet communing.
The decision to move to our current location also enables Third Lutheran to sponsor more ecumenical service projects, public events and joint worship opportunities with St. Mark’s Episcopal and Crescent Hill Baptist Churches (the Churches of 2800 Frankfort Avenue).