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What “Grace Filled, Spirit Led” means
- Encounter and connect people with Jesus Christ through ministry of Word and Sacrament.
- Empower all people to share the Gospel.
- Connect people to groups where they can use their gifts and find support in following Jesus.
- Celebrate Christ’s love while respecting our differences.
- Engage with our community and world by both giving and receiving the blessings of God.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does Lutheran” mean?
We are a Christian church; “Lutheran” is an adjective that describes our history and convictions. Our core message is that our relationship to God—forgiveness, peace, and salvation, are not earned by good deeds, but are a free gift of God’s grace that we receive through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Do you worship Martin Luther?
No, Martin Luther was an ordinary person, as we like to say, a “sainted sinner” just like all of us. Our church has “Luther” in our name because we are part of a movement, he started in the 16th century called the Reformation. Luther did not start a new church or religion. We claim to be part of the one authentic and universal church that started with the original followers of Jesus.
Why does your worship require so much participation by the congregation?
In our worship, we think of God as the “audience” and ourselves as the “performers.” Think about learning to play an instrument. It takes some practice and our worship service is a little like that. We use a format for our service that pays homage to the earliest years of Christianity and most of the words we speak, and sing are directly from the Bible or based on scripture. For a much more in-depth answer to this question, see http://bit.ly/2UFtH9P
Can you explain a little bit about the flow of your worship service?
The first part of our service Gathers us together and prepares us to hear the scriptures and sermon. After the time of the Word where we hear scripture and the sermon, we have a time of Responding to the good news by proclaiming our belief, praying, and giving an offering that symbolizes our giving of our whole lives to God. Then we move to the Meal (Communion) and finish with a blessing and final song that Sends us out into our daily lives. For a more in-depth explanation of our worship process and content, see http://bit.ly/2Wa8XbN
Why do you stand up and sit down so much?
Well, we are an “active” congregation in more than one way. In our worship, you are working and not watching—our worship is active, not passive. Very simply, we stand out of respect when we are addressing God.
What is the big bowl of water and why do people put their hand in it when they come up for Communion?
The large bowl is a Baptismal Font. As people come forward for Communion, they will put their finger in the font and make the sign of the cross on their forehead to remember their Baptism.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a Christian rite of admission and adoption into God’s family (the church), performed by pouring water over a person’s head. This is not simply plain water, but an event where we put the command and promise of Christ together with water giving forgiveness and salvation to all who believe. For a much more in-depth answer to this question, see http://bit.ly/2V4w7UQ
What is the bread and wine you give out (Communion) and can I participate?
Communion is a meal Jesus gave his followers that connects us to him in a special, tangible way, through which we receive his forgiveness and presence. All who are baptized and trust Jesus’ promise to come to us in this meal are invited to receive Communion. If you are not baptized, we would love to talk with you about baptism. Until then, we invite you to come forward for a special blessing. For a much more in-depth answer to this question, see
Why do the pastors and worship assistants wear white robes and why do the pastors wear colored stoles?
The white robe is an “Alb,” the Latin word for “white.” The pastors and worship leaders wear them to remind us all that in baptism we are clothed with the innocence of Christ. The stole represents and symbolizes the special Call our pastors have to preach the Word and administer the Sacraments (Baptism and Communion).