Our MISSION STATEMENT...
"AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD WE ARE CALLED, GATHERED AND SENT
TO PROCLAIM THE GRACE AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST"
To learn more about the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America please go to http://elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching
The Bible is foundational to Christian faith. Through the books that make up the Bible, God has spoken and continues to speak to us today. In its pages, we can discover what God is like, what He expects from His people, what He has accomplished on our behalf, and what He has promised for our future.
God is the creator of the universe and continues to be intimately involved with His creating, sustaining it from day to day. People (including you and I!) are not here by accident, but by God’s design. The one God has shown Himself to His creation as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (what Christians call the “Trinity”). Christmas is a celebration of the Son’s coming to earth and being born as a man. In His life, Jesus Christ demonstrated to us a life of obedience to God and revealed to us what the unseen God is really like. On the cross, He freely gave His life for us. Easter celebrates His resurrection from the dead. Jesus Christ is alive forever and reigns as Lord of all creation!
Sin and Forgiveness
Sin describes the condition of humankind: alienated from God and destined for death. Sin entered the world when people chose to live life in their own way rather than by God's direction. It affects every area of our lives including our relationships with other people and even with nature, and nothing we can do can mend our broken relationship with God.
What we could not do for ourselves, Jesus Christ has done for us. When God’s Son died on the cross, He broke the power of sin and death. Now God freely offers us the gift of forgiveness and the possibility of a restored relationship with Him. Lutherans call this grace, meaning we do not deserve God love and forgiveness nor can we earn them. Christians simply trust God to give what He has promised!
The Christian Life
Lutherans believe that Christian life is not a series of do's and don'ts, but rather a response to God's love. In our families, on the job, in service to others, and in prayer, our lives reflect our love and gratitude to God. And Christian life does not end with death! God gives us the gift of everlasting life in His Kingdom!
Worship is actually worth-ship; when we worship, we acknowledge God's worthiness to receive our love and praise. Worship is the appropriate response to all God is and all He has done.
Like most Protestants, Lutherans accept two sacraments.
In Baptism... God makes the baptized person a member of His family and
bestows on him/her the gift of the Holy Spirit. Lutherans baptize all ages, infant to adult.
In Holy Communion...in tangible forms of bread and wine, Jesus' real presence is there to offer God's forgiveness and renewed strength for daily living.
If you would like to learn more or if you have specific questions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the church office at 480-981-6199, if you would like to speak to the Pastor.