It's not easy walking into a new place, a unfamiliar community, an unknown experience. We know. So whether you've grown up in a church, or are trying a different style of worship, or have never set foot in a church before, we do our best to help you be at ease.
If you need large print materials, hearing assistance, mobility assistance, or extra care, we are ready to meet your needs with paper, headphones, a lift, ADA bathroom, and willing hearts.
If you're new to Alaska, grew up here, or the military sent you to this "overseas" installation, you'll find people who have been there too, and they'll help you adjust.
If you've been turned away from other churches because you ask questions, or they were uncomfortable with who you love, or you couldn't be your authentic self, we've got a place for you here.
Scroll through our church Facebook Page, managed by Pastor Amanda and members of Lord of Life. It will give you insight into the church, prepare you to hear Sunday's message, and help you engage in the community. Follow us, and keep your feed uplifted throughout the week!
We are a liturgical congregation, meaning we have an "order" to worship beyond singing and listening.
1st and 3rd Sundays: Traditional worship with sung liturgy and hymns
2nd and 4th Sundays: Contemporary worship with music you'd hear on Christian radio .
5th Sundays: We never know. Pastor Amanda messes up worship to help open our eyes and ears to God's work in different ways.
We encourage families of all ages (and volumes) to worship together! Kids worship God in their own wiggly and noisy way and we need them with us! We have a children's message just for them, we encourage them to sing loud, to dance around, and to receive Communion.
We've got "quiet bags" with toys and activities hanging on hooks near the stairs, and when parents need a break from the wiggles, we've got a nursery space just for them to play on the entry level.
Lord of Life has open Communion: anyone who believes that Christ is present in this meal, and is a meal for them, are welcome to partake.
This includes toddlers! Anyone who stretches out their hand knows this meal is for them!
Interactive classes are still offered every spring and fall to learn more about Communion and better focus our hearts on this meal of life.
Another part of being liturgical is a cycle of seasons in a church year, set apart by colors and focus of Scripture readings:
Advent blue (month of December)
Christmas white (Dec 25-Jan 5)
Epiphany green (next 4-6 weeks)
Lent purple (40 days before Easter [not including Sundays])
Easter white (one day plus 6 weeks)
Pentecost red (50 days after Easter)
Season after Pentecost green
(it's "ordinary time" till Nov.)
Basically these seasons help us focus on who God is (Advent through Pentecost) and who we are (the Season after Pentecost is all about growing in our faith).
The Lutheran Church supports both infant and adult baptism. Contact Pastor Amanda to set up a meeting if you are interested in baptism.
The baptismal font at Lord of Life was carved by Cliff Pananen, with the help of Jerry Gustafson, from a cottonwood tree they had found while running their dog teams near the Tanana River in Salcha. Beavers had been trying to chew it down, which accounts for the unusual pedestal formation.
The inscription, taken from Ephesians 4:5 reads, "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism." This was suggested by Pastor Paul Daniel, who presided at the baptism of Max Pananen, nephew of the font's carver, on May 19, 1985, the first time the font was used.
You can expect a friendly greeting into our entryway. You may choose to hang your coat up, grab a cup of coffee in a mug downstairs, and make your way upstairs to worship. A lift is provided for those who struggle with stairs.
At the top of the stairs, you'll be greeted and given a bulletin with the order of worship and announcements, you'll see our font, table, burl wood pulpit, and diamond willow cross - the physical signs of where God meets us.
Worship is projected, prayers are said in unison, we sing and laugh and gather in gratitude for God's work in our lives. Grab a seat where you're comfortable, wear what you'd like, and walk away from your first worship with more
than our jar of homemade jam.
Amanda joined Lord of Life’s ministry as Pastor in 2009, leaving the familiarity of the west suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband, Jason. They have built a life together, bringing 2 boys into the joy, service, and adventure of life in Alaska.
Amanda’s work is to join the Spirit of God to nurture spiritual growth within people. Whether that’s teaching the basics of Christian faith, planning and leading worship that engages head and heart, speaking God’s grace in our troubles, building community, or just listening, it’s all possible because God is already doing that work.