What to Expect

What should I expect from worship?

For Lutherans, worship is an ever-changing and -growing experience. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world. 

There is a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s Word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Think about it like this. God’s Spirit calls us together. God speaks to us through readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, through preaching, prayer, and song. God feeds and nourishes us in a saving way. And God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

Taken together, the Word proclaimed and the sacraments — both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion– are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.” This is a way of saying that we trust that God is genuinely present with us in baptism, in preaching, and in sharing the bread and wine of Holy Communion. In that sense, Lutherans believe that God’s presence permeates all of Christian worship.

The cross is the central symbol that marks our worship spaces and when Lutherans worship, singing fills the air. The voices of all the people joined in song and the participation of all the people in the worship is a witness to our conviction that in worship we are being drawn in to God’s own saving story.

We are a Reconciling in Christ Congregation!  All people are welcome here!


What is appropriate attire for worship?

Informal attire is perfectly acceptable.  From casual to semiformal, all who attend worship, from regular members to newcomers, dress as they feel comfortable.


May I take Communion?


Yes.  All are welcome to receive Holy Communion, which is the gift of Christ’s promise of forgiveness “for you.” 

The wine may be received by dipping the bread in the cup, or eating the bread and drinking from the cup. Individual cups are available in the silver trays for those who desire.  Grape juice is clear, individual cups of wine are red.


Where do I park and enter the church for worship?

The church has north and south side parking lots.   Both lots can be entered from Foothill Drive (see the Google map Street view image).  You may enter the church for worship from the main east side doors or the south side door; both are handicap accessible.

Where is the church?

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is location at 1070 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Nestled in the historic Sugarhouse neighborhood, our bell tower is a familiar landmark for the heavily traveled Foothill Blvd to and from the campus of the University of Utah.

What is available for my children?

Children who stay for worship will have an opportunity to approach the front of the sanctuary en masse and received a special Children’s Message from Pastor.

Child care is available during worship in the nursery downstairs.

Cloth bags with quiet activities are available for young children.

Families with restless children may use the lounge (cry room) from across the sanctuary entrance.  Worship can be heard in the room.