As our mission statement proclaims, we confess the Triune God –Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Our primary resources are the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds and the Book of Concord, a Lutheran confessional writing.
Every Sunday we hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught us and celebrate the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies of God. From this foundation we live our lives by faith serving others freely and generously trusting God’s promise in the Gospel.
As written in Martin Luther’s Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”
We view the Bible as our principal resource to understand Jesus Christ. The Lutheran tradition has compared the Scriptures to the manger that held the baby Jesus in Bethlehem: they hold up Christ for all to see. The Scriptures address all aspects of life from creation to life beyond death. Because the scriptures were written over a thousands of years and exist today only in handwritten manuscripts and fragments, we accept all research tools available to understand their message. The diversity of writings together tell the story of God’s steadfast love and mercy in Jesus Christ.
Lutherans get their name from the work of Martin Luther, a young monk who struggled to understand God and discovered scripture telling us that a merciful God justifies us by faith. He wrote “Faith is God’s work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew in God”. This is basis for our understanding that God loves us unconditionally.
We join other groups to foster unity among all children of God through ecumenical and inter-religion groups. We believe in on-going work to heal the brokenness in our society and community; so we partner with organizations such as the Lutheran World Federation, The World Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. We encourage the work of the Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network and its effort to heal the wounds created in the Reformation.