If this is your first time to our website, or if you are looking for a place to call home, we invite you to join us for worship.
Hope Lutheran is a member of the Pacifica Synod, one of 65 regional areas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Pacifica Synod largely covers the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, and Imperial in California and the state of Hawai’i. As such, it is an extremely diverse region with an extremely diverse set of congregations. There are three ELCA congregations in Riverside and occassionally share joint activites, particularly for the youth.
What You Can Expect
Hope Lutheran is a relatively small, pastor-sized congregation (we typically worship about 55 each Sunday).
Communion is served at every Sunday Worship and is open to all who believe Jesus Christ died for our sins.
Children are welcome in worship and are invited to step out for a small portion of worship. During this time ( Sunday School) both the children and the adults will engage the scripture and the message in age appropriate language and manner (of course, if you like to color as an adult, you are still welcome to do so in the pews).
Offering is recieved by passing a “plate” and visitors are invited to particpate, but not expected to. Offerings are currently received by check, cash, or digital giving methods (see our giving page).
All worshippers are encouraged to fill out a connect card and include prayer concerns on the back for the pastor to pray over during the week.
The worship service at Hope is what would be termed “traditional” and “liturgical.” Our music largely comes from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book and is accompanied by a musician (typically piano or organ). Our Liturgical worship is a set “call and response” style similar to very ancient worship patterns. With exception of the hottest months of summer, our clergy “vest” (wear robes) for worship.
Outside of direct ELCA involvement, Hope is also involved in a number of community service projects and connections with community service agencies in the Inland Empire. We are connected with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California and Path of Life Ministries where we partake in a food preparation and serving on the first Saturday and third Thursday of each month at their community and family emergecy shelters.