We Believe...

+ God is Triune - one God in three persons. God is Creator (Father), Sustainer (Son) and Sanctifier (Holy Spirit); we confess this belief using the words of the Nicene , Apostles' , and AthanasianCreeds.

+ We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

+ We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship,  we connect with  believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

+ We are sinners and saints. Lutherans believe in original sin, meaning ever since Adam & Eve first sinned in the Garden of Eden, all children born after them have been born into sin. At the same time, we believe that God forgives and removes our sin from us and sees us as holy and redeemed. For this reason, we Lutherans say we are always, and at the same time, sinner and saint.

+ Baptism is a sacrament. Through water and the Word, we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection. Through our baptism, God washes away our sin, delivers us from the power of death, and promises us eternal life. We baptize infants through adults, emphasizing that it is God who claims us (instead of the other way around). When we are baptized, we are united with all the baptized, are made members of God's family, and are empowered, with them, to serve and witness in God's name.

+ Holy Communion is a sacrament. God is truly present in, with, and under, the bread and wine. Through these common gifts, God imparts the extraordinary gifts of grace and forgiveness. When we partake in the Lord's Supper, we are not only personally strengthened in faith; our eyes are opened to the needs of our neighbors, and we are all the more ready to serve those in need. We welcome all the baptized - regardless of age or church membership-to the Lord's Table and partake in Holy Commununion at each of our Sunday worship services.

+ The Bible is the written Word of God. It creates and nurtures faith through the work of the Holy Spirit and points us to Jesus Christ, the living Word and center of our faith. And in reading the Bible, we are invited into a relationship with God that both challenges us and promises us new life.

+ We are freed from bondage to sin in order that we may be freed for service in God's kingdom. We believe that this world will one day pass away, but until it does, we believe that the world God created is good. We seek to bring about God's kingdom in the here and now; this happens each time we welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, speak for the oppressed, love our neighbor, strive for justice and peace, and choose life over death.

+ Good works are important. We serve, not as a means to our salvation, but out of deep gratitude for all that God has done and continues to do for us.

+ There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and there is nothing you can do to make God loves you less. There is always a place for you in the kingdom and fellowship of God.

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