As we worship, learn, play, and serve together, we discover that God’s calling filters through every aspect of life.
The heart and soul of our life together is found in the person and teaching of Jesus Christ, who we see as our Savior, our constant companion, and the perfect model of a Godly life. That becomes abundantly clear at the end of each worship service, after we’ve been fed by God’s Word and nourished at his table; we’ve enjoyed time together in song and prayer, dared to confess our sins, and been reminded of God’s amazing grace; we’ve been surrounded by community and experienced the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then, these words: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. When we respond “Thanks be to God!” we acknowledge that God has given us what we need to work alongside him in the garden. We acknowledge that God has given us a blessed responsibility to help advance a kingdom of grace, mercy, and love. We acknowledge that every aspect of our lives is rooted in faith. When we leave worship, we leave as missionaries, ambassadors and colleagues, and we’re reminded that we’re never alone. No matter what the days may bring, we’re forever grounded in Christian community and surrounded by God’s grace.
St John’s Lutheran Church is a vibrant community of faith that finds expression in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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We believe in the Triune God—Father, Son, Holy Spirit—mysteriously three in one. God created and loves all creation. We believe that God’s son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in our lives and in this world.
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. We teach that all people are sinners. A person is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. We live not according to a formula of dos and don’ts, but in the true freedom of Christian love and responsibility.
When asked what is the greatest commandment, Jesus said to love God and to love one another, Matthew 22: 35-40. We accept that as the primary responsibility of those who follow Jesus.
We believe that 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. The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
We believe that belonging to a church community is part of the Christian faith. We believe that the church is a fellowship of those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and are called to worship and reveal God in the world. We believe, as members of Christ’s body, that all Christians are called and gifted to serve the world. This church accepts the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds and accepts the teaching of the Augsburg Confession as a faithful witness to the scriptures.
Worship and the Arts
Worship is the most important thing we can do. Not only does God deserve our worship and praise, but worship prepares us to be what God has called us to be: the embodiment of Jesus in this needy world. Chiefly, it reminds us that God is always about the business of bringing life from death, light from darkness.
Mercy and Justice
We seek to imitate the life of Jesus, who cared for the poor and marginalized with a love deeper than we can comprehend. His mercy extended to all, and so does ours. His justice reached beyond fairness by helping to restore relationships … and so must ours.
Jesus invited us to follow him as his disciples, a word that literally means “a learner.” Martin Luther said, “We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.” We agree, which is why we value the opportunity for life-long learning, creating multiple entry-points for folks of all ages and along many different levels of faith.
God’s first gift to us was relationship – relationship with God and one another, which is why our ministry values the powerful impact loving and authentic relationships can have on our families, community, and the world.
Stewarding God’s Resources
God invites us to care for creation and one another with great love and respect. Our stewardship of time and resources is our way of honoring God and saying thanks for the abundance showered upon us.
Hospitality is woven throughout Scripture as a means of sharing God’s love and mercy with all. In that light, we believe that hospitality is the responsibility of all member-disciples in the way we interact with guests, in the ministries provided, and in our physical space.