Our Beliefs

As stated in Chapters 2 and 3 of our congregational constitution (adopted June 2018), these are the beliefs we confess and our understanding of the nature and purpose of our organizing together as a church:

This congregation confesses the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

This congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in him. 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.

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 all its fullness in the work of Jesus Christ.

This congregation accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm for its proclamation, faith and life.

Inspired by God’s Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, the canonical Scriptures of Old and New Testaments record and announce God’s revelation concerning Jesus Christ. Through them, God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

This congregation accepts the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this congregation.

This congregation accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel and normative for our teaching and practice. This congregation accepts 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 interpretations of the faith of the church.

Nature and Purpose of the Church

This congregation is part of the larger body of believers, the holy catholic and apostolic church, called by God in Christ to nurture one another in faith, live together in the love of Christ, join with other Christians in prayer and service and work to preserve the unity of our witness to the world.

The aim of this congregation’s ministry shall be to share the Christian faith as confessed in Our Beliefs, which shall include but is not limited to:
Provide services of worship at which the Word of God is preached.
Provide the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.
Provide pastoral care and to help all members participate in this ministry.
Challenge, equip and support all members in carrying out their calling in their daily lives and in this congregation.
Witness to the reconciling Word of God in Christ by welcoming all people.
Respond to human need, work for justice and peace, care for the sick and suffering and participate responsibly in society.
Motivate its members to provide financial support for this congregation’s ministries.
Encourage ecumenical relationships with other congregations and ministries who also confess the Triune God.