All are Welcome
Resurrection Lutheran Church is a community of ordinary people who have been given an extraordinary gift. We are broken people, made whole by a love so great that we believe it will change the world. We are imperfect people, on a joyous journey of transformation thanks to the grace and forgiveness of a loving God we encounter in Jesus Christ. We are, then, a grace-centered, grace-oriented community of people who attempt as best we can to follow the life-giving way of Jesus.
Lutheran Christians speak about that grace in this way: we believe that without any merit on our own part God created us, redeemed us, and is transforming us through the proclamation of God’s love in word and sacrament. We are convinced that we cannot save ourselves “by our own understanding or effort.” (Luther’s Small Catechism, Article Three of The Apostles’ Creed) The gospel we preach is a message of forgiveness that frees us to let God be truly God and to let humans be truly human.
A Larger Church
Resurrection is gladly part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, fellow-followers of Jesus who also embrace grace at the center of their lives. We like to say ‘Lutheran’ is the adjective and ‘Christian’ is the noun, seeing ourselves also as part of the one, universal (‘catholic’) Church of all times and places. To learn more about the basics of Christian faith and life as we Lutherans articulate it, check out ELCA-Teaching.
Holy Purpose and Core Values
The Holy Purpose and Core Values provide the framework from which we move forward in ministry. They form the basis for our Strategic Vision Plan.
“Called to Welcome, Nurture, Equip, and Serve”
It is our holy purpose as Resurrection People to respond to God’s grace by being instruments of transformation and love in our surrounding community. We are called to welcome ALL people, nurture them in faith, equip them for the shared work of ministry, and serve others that ALL may know God’s love.
Everything is Grounded in Grace
Bible passage – Romans 5:1-5
The Good News that we have been entrusted to share is founded on God’s loving grace. Because God has acted first, delivering us from sin and death, we have been freed to live lives of joyful response.
Vibrant, Liturgical Worship
Bible passage – Psalm 150
Our worship is shaped by the rhythm of Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending with leadership and participation from all ages. This ancient pattern is expressed through fresh words and music as we move through the liturgical seasons of the church year.
Faith Formation for All Ages
Bible passage – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Faith is a life-long journey, and we are committed to providing opportunities for all ages to grow as Jesus’ disciples. We believe in equipping everyone so home and church are partners in incubating faith.
Be Christ within Our Community
Bible passages – 1 Corinthians 1:10, Romans 12:16, Galatians 3:28-29
The Church gathers together in order to be (released) sent back into the world. Called to serve others in the name of Christ, we actively engage with our neighbors, community, and world.
Serving from Giftedness
Bible passage – Ephesians 4:11-13
We have been entrusted with countless gifts from God – both individually and as a congregation. Blessed with spiritual gifts, talents, resources and skills, we joyfully use these in a response of gratitude.