What is the difference between the
5 p.m. & 10 p.m. worship services?
This year, our earlier service at 5 p.m. will be especially welcoming children of all ages! The birth narrative from Luke's Gospel will be split up into smaller sections and hymns will accompany each part. There will be some fun ways for all to be involved in telling the story of Jesus' birth.
The later 10 p.m. service will be similar to our Sunday worship with Biblical texts and a sermon. Our wonderful choir will lead us in song, accompanied by a string quartet and the organ.
Both services will have communion and Silent Night sung in candlelight.
May I bring guests or attend as a visitor?
All are welcome here! We invite all visitors and guests, those searching for a church home, those with questions, and all levels of beliefs. We have multi-faith families, life-long members, and even non-Lutheran members! Anyone can attend and participate at whatever level they are comfortable with.
Are you a gay-friendly church?
Absolutely! We gladly welcome LGBTQ+ individuals and families. Since 1987, Reformation has been part of ReconcilingWorks, a national Lutheran LGBTQ+ ministry. Also, Pastor Ben is a member of Proclaim, the professional network of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, supporting LGBTQ+ Lutheran pastors, deacons, and seminarians.
May I take Communion?
As Jesus was intentional in his welcome to the table, so are we! All people of any age are welcome to share in the Lord's Supper. It truly is the meal of God for the people of God!
Are Children welcome in Worship?
Yes! Children are always welcome in worship. They bring life, energy, and smiles to our services. Sometimes caregivers with children need other options. The Blue Room at the rear left of the sanctuary is a place caregivers can go and our nursery will be staffed during the 5 p.m. service downstairs, as well. There will be no nursery attendant for the 10 p.m. service. Books and busy bags for young children are available, too!
When should I arrive?
Christmas Eve services are quite busy, so we suggest 15-30 minutes before worship is best. At 9:15 p.m., before the later service, there will be special choral music. You may come early to enjoy that, as well!
Where can I park?
Street parking is available in the evenings on East Capitol St. NE or, after 6 p.m., in the Supreme Court lot on A Street NE, between 2nd and 3rd streets. Parking in the small church lot is reserved for those with physical challenges so they may have access to our elevator.
Where can I learn more?
If you would like to speak to a member of our staff, please visit this staff page or you may call us at 202-543-4200.