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 the Ministry Priorities that we develop for each year.
It is our holy purpose as Resurrection People to respond to God’s grace by being a beacon of vitality and transformation in our surrounding community. Blessed to be a blessing, we will utilize our expanded ministry facilities as a center and launching pad to serve others in the name of Christ. We are called to welcome all people, nurture them in faith, and equip them for the shared work of ministry, that all may know God’s love.
Everything is Grounded in Grace
The Good News that we have been entrusted to share is founded on God’s loving grace. Because God has acted first in delivering us from sin and death through the cross of Christ, we have been freed to live lives of joyful response.
Vibrant, Liturgical Worship
Our worship is shaped by the historic rhythm of Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending. This rhythm is expressed in a variety of both words and music as we move through the liturgical seasons of the church year. Music is an important part of our worship as we have vocal choirs for all ages and both adult and children’s bell choirs.
Faith Formation for All Ages
Faith is a journey, not a destination. Therefore, we are committed to providing opportunities to grow as Jesus’ disciples for all ages. One of our primary convictions is that the home is the primary place of incubating faith.
Being Resurrection for Our Community
The Church gathers together in order to be released back into the world, to be salt, light, and leaven. As RLC has been present in this location for five decades, and at key moments we have re-affirmed a decision to remain here, our new ministry facilities provide an unprecedented opportunity for significant engagement with and for our community.
Serving from Giftedness
We have been entrusted with countless gifts from God – both individually and as a congregation. Blessed with spiritual gifts, talents, skills, and financial resources, we joyfully use these gifts as a response of gratitude. Our ministries are motivated by a life-giving “get to” response to God’s blessings, rather than a duty-bound sense of “got to”.