At Grace Lutheran Church, all are welcome. Grace is a warm place to worship, serve, and learn about God's amazing love, especially in the person of Jesus.
We are a congregation of the Lutheran tradition, following the teachings of pastor and reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546). As such, a called and ordained pastor presides over the sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion) and leads weekly worship services. But all the people of Grace are ministers, and the Head of our Church is Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord. The motto of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is "God's Work, Our Hands." We strive to live out that statement together.
Our Holy Book is the Bible. We encourage everyone to read and study the great truths of scripture. We believe our book teaches us how to live in accord with all people, and we find no contradiction between science and faith. The Bible tells us the WHO and WHY of creation; science tells us its latest theories of HOW and WHEN. We believe that our Creator God continues to act today, inspiring people to reach out to all of God's people in Word and Deed.
Grace's Purpose Statement
God’s Purpose for Grace Lutheran Church is to spread the Word to all people through worship, service, learning, fellowship, and support.
- We accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- We pray for all – within the congregation, community and world.
- We strive to provide assistance to those in need.
- We welcome all and invite them to grow with us in Christ.
- We provide Christian Education for all ages.
Core Beliefs of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the denomination to which we belong (from the Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Chapter 2, Confession of Faith)
C2.01. This congregation confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C2.02. This congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
a. Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
b. The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
c. The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
C2.03. This congregation accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
C2.04. This congregation accepts the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this congregation.
C2.05. This congregation accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
C2.06. This congregation accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.
C2.07. This congregation confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scripture and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world
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