Finding the Perfect Place for Sunday Service in La Jolla

Photo Credit: chicagonow.comWhen situations in life seem too hard to bear, it’s a relief for some to put trust in faith or a higher power.  For years, people all over the world and from different denominations have sought comfort on Sunday mornings. Whether you live in La Jolla or are just visiting, join the individuals of many faiths who fill the seats of churches and synagogues throughout La Jolla. The community’s Sunday morning services appeal to many different denominations including Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran or Presbyterian.

For those of the denomination Lutheran, La Jolla Lutheran Church is a great place to visit. All are welcome to participate in their Sunday service which takes place Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.  The head of the congregation is Pastor Mark Dahle who has been serving La Jolla Lutheran Church for over 18 years.  Through his sermons, children and adults are brought together to worship as one family. While the typical dress code ranges from casual to formal, Pastor Dahle asks everyone to come as they are, wearing whatever is most comfortable.

Looking for a Presbyterian church in La Jolla? Rev. Dr. Paul A Cunningham leads Sunday service La Jolla Presbyterian Church at 8:45 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.  Offering a place for faithful worship, encouraging music and inspiring sermons, members of the congregation faithfully attend on Sundays and take their place as a member an extended family. If you are unable to make a service, don’t worry! You can still be part of the mass by watching a live stream of the Sunday service online.

Another option for Sunday service is at the St. James By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, which is led by Reverend Eleanor Ellsworth and Reverend Steven R. Strane. If the church’s 7:30 a.m. service is too early for you, another service is held at 10:00 a.m. The church invites members to join a handful of activities such as the choir, flower guild and altar guild. Volunteers are also always welcome to hold positions from ushers and greeters for weddings and other special occasions to Eucharistic ministers, readers and intercessors.

If one of the above churches doesn’t seem to fit your needs, consider the La Jolla Christian Fellowship. As its name suggests, the church is committed to interdenominational Christian fellowship and Christian doctrines with a Sunday morning service that commences at 10:00a.m.  For those who wish to get an earlier start, a bible study is also held at 8:45a.m. prior to the worship celebration. For younger attendees, preschool, nursery, youth and children’s ministries are available during the worship service.

Did we forget to mention your favorite place for worship in La Jolla? Maybe you are interested in sharing more information about one of the Sunday services mentioned above. Either way, comment below because we’d love to hear what you have to say!

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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