- With all the different people who make up our church body,
(adopted March, 2003)
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Here is some of what we're all about:
+ We practice the love of Christ
To say the love of Christ is something we “practice” implies that we haven’t got it down yet. And that’s true. We are learning, exactly as we continue to try to put into practice the ways of Jesus Christ. We are not here simply to do social work—any organization can do that. What we do is a product of our faith. The love of Christ is our motivation as we engage in service and outreach. That love, as the Bible says, goes out to the world. It doesn’t discriminate against anyone. We take seriously what we pray in the Lord’s Prayer: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Christ calls each of us into loving action: working for justice, practicing kindness and walking humbly with our God. It is a privilege to share the hope we have in Christ for today and forever.
There is a passage in the Bible in which we are invited to allow the Word of God to “dwell in us richly.” That means deep listening as we seek to be formed in our faith and life by the Word of the Living Christ.
+ We love to worship God
It is vital for us to come together regularly to worship. We gather to give our attention to God and to encourage and support one another. Our worship is very Christ-centered. We believe Christ comes to us in the gathered community through the Word that is proclaimed and in the gifts of baptism and holy communion. Here we are reminded that Jesus Christ is a living presence in our daily life, calling us into deeper relationship with himself and with others.
+ We are Lutheran Christians
The name “Lutheran” comes from the 16th century reformer, Martin Luther. He didn’t intend to found a new church, nor did he choose the name “Lutheran.” It was given to his followers by their opponents, and it stuck, so now we make the best of it. What it means for us is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is central, which is just what Martin Luther emphasized.
We proclaim the good news of God’s love and forgiveness through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We are part of a broken humanity, alienated from God and one another. But God comes to us in Jesus Christ, his Son, to heal and save and renew us…to show us the way of eternal life. The way you get in on that is by taking it on faith as God’s gift and giving God some room to work in your life. You will hear a lot about Jesus in this church. He is at the center of our hope for ourselves, humanity and the world.
Lutheran worship is “liturgical,” that is, we follow a flow that moves from Gathering to Word to Meal to Sending. Notice the furnishings in the front of the worship space and you will see what is central to us: the cross, the table, the baptismal font, all pointing to God’s life-changing gifts.
Zoar is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA’s story is both ancient and timely. It’s a story of a powerful and patient God who has boundless love for all people of the world. It’s a story that brings deep meaning, comfort and strength to a growing community of people who live in modern, often unsettling times. Learn more below about the beliefs we share—and become a part of this faith story.
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