Together we worship God using a variety and blend of worship styles. Each month we enjoy contemporary worship, Chicago Folk worship, and various traditional worship settings. We use the basic Lutheran liturgy in all of our services and celebrate the Lord's Supper weekly during each of our worship services.
Individually, our ministry comes from Christ through the Church and belongs to the whole people of God. We believe the Gospel calls all Christians to be ministers in word and deed. So it is the privilege of each one of us as Christ's followers to be a steward (caretaker) of God's reconciling love!
As a congregation we also believe that we, together, as members of Christ's body the Church, share in ministry when we celebrate God's presence (worship), grow in our Christian life (education), tell others the Good News (evangelism), care for those in need (service), and witness to the power of God's love (stewardship)...which is our duty and joy.
What is a "Lutheran"? Being "Lutheran", our congregation accepts the 16th century reformation of the Christian Church. The teachings of Martin Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
What is a Synod and why do we belong to the "Missouri Synod"? The word "Synod" in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean "walking together". It has rich meaning in our church body, because each congregation voluntarily chooses to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. The congregations of the Synod are "confessional". They hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest of these is Luther's Small Catechism.