You will find some good folks at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. You will also find the good gifts of God. We've started seeing them everywhere - the amazing gifts of Jesus that we gather around in worship - the gifts God sends with us to share in our homes, workplaces, and community - and sometimes we can even see each other as gifts from God!
Beyond worship, the work of the church continues. I have been struck by how our weekly times together – our relationships built over time, our faith strengthened by word and sacrament – are really preparing us for wise and loving responses in times of crisis, whether in the lives of individuals or of the wider community or nation.
While you won’t get to come up the familiar drive to our beloved sanctuary these weeks, Deacon Andrew’s sermon on March 15th reminded us that “worship is never cancelled.” Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “You Samaritans worship on this mountain, and we Jews worship in Jerusalem, but the time is coming and is now here that we will worship neither here nor there, but worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.” (John 4) As we celebrated communion, I was struck by the words I have sung so many times before: “It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks and praise to you...” We will continue to share resources for prayer and worship in our homes and in small groups, on-line and over the phone.
- Pastor Paul
We are a church that walks by faith, trusting God's promise in the gospel and knowing that we exist by and for the proclamation of this gospel word. We proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for the life of the world. As the apostle Paul wrote (Romans 1:16-17), and we echo in our Constitution (2.02), we are not ashamed of this gospel ministry because it is God’s power for saving all people who trust the God who makes these promises. “We are to fear and love God, so, that we do not despise preaching or God’s word, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear it and learn it” (Small Catechism). God’s word, specifically God’s promise in Jesus Christ, creates this liberated, confident and generous faith. God gives the Holy Spirit who uses gospel proclamation – in preaching and sacraments, in forgiveness and in healing conversations – to create and sustain this faith. As a Lutheran church, we give central place to this gospel message in our ministry.
We understand to be Lutheran is to be ecumenical – committed to the oneness to which God calls the world in the saving gift of Jesus Christ, recognizing the brokenness of the church in history and the call of God to heal this disunity.