What is the
worship service like?
This service lasts approximately one hour, but is casual, in dress and in
style. The pastor sometimes wears a gown, but usually just a suit. We begin
with a Friendship Exchange, which is simply a few minutes to let everyone
say "hello" and maybe learn a new name. Music is an important part of our
worship service. A piano accompanies the congregation in our singing. In a
worship service we confess our sins and rejoice in the forgiveness God gives
us through Christ. The sermon is the central part of our service. The
pastor delivers the sermon by walking around and speaking, he does not stand
in the pulpit. There is usually an outline to follow in the service
folder. Sometimes after songs we clap our hands just like the Old Testament
believers did. We do this as an expression of joy for the greatness of God.
At the conclusion of the service, the group rises and exits without the
aide of ushers.
We are located five miles north of Tomah on Hwy 12. Click
for a map to our church.
What do I
wear to services?
Dress respectfully. Some people wear suits and dresses while others wear a
clean pair of jeans and a nice top. In summer, some people wear shorts.
There is no dress code. We encourage people to come as they are, authentic
and real, not to impress others.
take part in Communion if I visit?
St. Matthew Lutheran Church practices what we call “closed communion.” We believe
that God’s Word teaches that when a person comes to communion they express
two types of fellowship – fellowship with God and fellowship with each
other. In addition to Communion being a private act, Communion is also a
public statement. So when you come to communion you express a fellowship,
or a bond with the other Christians communing. We ask visitors to respect
our belief. We are not passing judgment on others. If you are visiting
with us this Sunday, please speak to the pastor about this. He would be
happy to discuss this with you.
Do you collect
Yes, the offerings we bring before the Lord are an expression of love for
Him. He is the giver of everything we enjoy in this life. We are privileged
to share back with God a portion of what we enjoy. Our offerings are used to
carry out the mission of Saint Matthew Church in sharing Jesus with our
children attend the services?
We welcome children to our worship services to hear God's word. A
children's lesson is offered following the offering. Sunday School for
children pre-K through 6th grade meets after the sermon.
I'm new to Christianity, what about me?
Our church offers a Bible Basics Class for those who are new to the
Christian faith. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore the core teachings
of Christianity. Our pastor, Phillip Enderle, is ready and willing to answer
any questions, to meet with you privately, or even correspond through the
internet. You may reach him at
How do I get more information?
You can call the church at 608.378.3233 or the parsonage at 608.378.3234 and speak directly to
our pastor, Phillip Enderle. You can also
email the pastor, or use
form on this website.
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