The central teaching of all Scripture is the Gospel: Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has died to take away the sin of the world, and risen again to grant us the promise of the resurrection of the body. Jesus' saving work is a free gift of our heavenly Father. This gift is given through the preaching of the Word and is received by faith. To this end, repentance and forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in Jesus' name (Lk 24:47), that is, with His own authority.

The people of this congregation are people of the Gospel. Everything that happens here, everything that we are about, is because of the Gospel. We are not perfect. We still sin. But we live from God's forgiveness of all our sins for the sake of Jesus' sacrifice in our place. 


We are committed to the doctrine of the evangelical Lutheran Church as it is confessed in The Book of Concord . Because God's Word is clear, we can confess what Scripture teaches with confidence. The Lutheran confessions are a statement of what Scripture teaches. We are committed to the truths confessed in The Book of Concord because we are committed to the Bible. 

The most basic of these Confessions is the Small Catechism of Martin Luther. It is a basic summary of the faith, containing the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the words of Jesus which institute Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and the Holy Communion. The Catechism is the basis of instruction in the Lutheran Church, and a free copy is available from the church office by request.


Above all other things, this congregation gathers for worship. Our identity as Christians, the source and strength of our lives as God's people, is given in the Liturgy. God Himself speaks and acts by means of His Word in the Liturgy, and Christ is truly present in His body and blood. 

Therefore, our worship is reverent, that is, it confesses these realities. Our worship is formal, that is, it is planned and deliberate in order to teach the truth of these realities. Our worship is distinctly Lutheran, that is, as western catholic Christians, we gladly receive the traditions of our forefathers in the faith so long as they do not deny the Gospel. A major component of our worship is the singing of hymns, particularly the chorales of the Lutheran church.