Our Beliefs


Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  There are different Lutheran denominations that hold different beliefs, and even within the ELCA, there are a variety of different beliefs on theological, moral and social issues.  However, at Holy Spirit, we believe that we do not have to agree on every issue in order to be the church together. 

Below are some general beliefs that we use as a community of faith to guide our services, and below that, some general beliefs about what it means to be a Lutheran Christian.

We believe God calls us to be welcoming to all.  Being in a new church can be nerve-wracking to say the least.  If you are unsure where something is or how something goes, please ask. We want to make sure you feel welcome. We also invite you to complete the yellow “Visitor Information” card by the time of the offering and put it in the offering plate. We promise not to flood your inbox with emails or mailbox with postcards!

We believe God invites you to the table. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is available to all baptized Christians who recognize in the Sacrament the true body and blood of our Lord. Children who commune in their home congregations are welcome to the table. There is red wine and white grape juice, along with gluten free bread available. Anyone who has difficulty coming forward to receive communion may receive it at their seat by informing an usher.

We believe worship should be open for all.  Hearing devices and large-print bulletins are available from the ushers for those with special needs.

We believe children belong in worship. Children’s worship kits and instructions are available in the narthex (a church term for the entrance area) to allow children to participate in worship. If a child becomes restless and their guardians decide there is a need to remove the child from church, a staffed nursery is available down the hallway.  The nursery is also equipped with a family restroom.

We believe faith formation is for all ages.  Christian Education is available during the school year for everyone two years old through adults.

We believe God calls us to pray as a community. Prayer requests may be made by filling out a prayer request card and placing it in the offering plate, or contacting the prayer team leader for the month. See an announcement sheet for their contact information.

A Lutheran is:

  • A member of the larger body of Christ including all followers of Jesus (Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, non-affiliated, etc.)
  • On a journey of faith, during which, they will never be abandoned by God
  • Someone who regularly gathers with other members of their church family to worship God and celebrate the gifts that God has given them
  • Completely reliant on the grace of God for salvation
  • Baptized once for the forgiveness of sin and regularly receives the sacrament of Holy Communion
  • Claimed by God, marked with the cross of Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit
  • Someone who strives to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ

A Lutheran believes:

  • There is one God made known in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    • God the Father created and sustains all things
    • God the Son died on a cross to free us from sin and guilt to new life
    • God the Spirit lives within and around us calling us to follow each day
  • God loves us and desires to have a relationship with every person.  “For God so loved the world that he sent His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.  For the Son came not to condemn the world, but to save it…” (John 3:16-17)
  • We are accepted before God not because of anything we do but simply by our trust in God
    • We are saved by grace through faith (Galatians 2:15-16)
    • We experience God's saving action in Holy Baptism
    • We are being saved every day through the work of the Holy Spirit
  • God has given us the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as tangible signs of God’s love for us and all of humanity.
    • In Holy Baptism,
      • we receive the forgiveness of sins,
      • a new life as a child of God, and
      • the promise of eternal salvation.
    • When Jesus gave us Holy Communion, he said, “Do this for the Remembrance of me.”  This was Jesus’ gift to his followers and disciples, and it is his gift to us as well.
      • When we receive the bread and wine, Jesus’ body and blood are really present at the same time.     
      • When we share communion, we are experiencing community with one another and the real sense of God’s presence with us.
    • We receive these gifts from God, not because we have a perfect faith, but because of Jesus’ perfect love for us.  This is why, even as infants, we can receive this gift from God.  Baptism is effective because of God’s command and promise, the presence of God’s Word spoken by the one baptizing, and the presence of water.
  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God
    • The Bible tells the story of God's relationship with God's people
    • The Bible is not a rule book but a "living word" that calls us to radical change
    • All people have worth and dignity because we are all created in God's image
    • God's unconditional love for us gives us freedom to be honest about our doubts, our fears, and our failures as well as our joys and successes.

A person striving to be a faithful disciple of Jesus:

  • Believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and seeks to live for Him
  • Worships regularly
  • Makes connections with other Christians through small groups and fellowship opportunities
  • Is committed to growing in their faith and their relationship with God through Bible study and education
  • Seeks to serve their church, community, and world
  • Gives regularly to support the work of the church
  • Prays and talks with God regularly
  • Shares his/her faith with others

For even more "Frequently Asked Questions" about what we believe and how we live out our faith, the ELCA has additional resources on their website.


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