Christ Lutheran Church
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Christ Lutheran Church is a large congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (the ELCA) with an engaged membership that is very involved in day-to-day activities of faith development and Christian discipleship. The mission of Christ Lutheran Church is “Gathering, Gifting and Sending Followers of Jesus Christ”, a call to purposeful relational mission and ministry at the core of our identity. We come to this community of faith not out of a sense of obligation, but because here we have found a home away from home. Here, we all are given the opportunity to experience a sense of giftedness and grace.
As a community of disciples, we seek to welcome Christians of every kind; long-time Lutherans, people new to the faith, those feeling weak and those ready to provide their strengths, siblings in the kingdom that feel called to come and follow, and friends in the community that wrestle with doubt and struggle to believe. We welcome new friends and old, those who have a church home elsewhere or are looking for one. We seek to welcome every child of God – of every age, size, color, culture, challenge, orientation, status, and ability because we profess that in the eyes of our Creator, all are beautiful and celebrated with His love and compassion. Here at Christ Lutheran, we seek to strive in service for mission and ministry that moves beyond the labels and titles. As a called community that follows the guidance of the Holy Spirit, learning from our Jesus our Redeemer and Savior, we live our lives alongside one another – in celebration and sorrow, times of rejoicing and recovery, helping to forgive and receive forgiveness.
Here we give God thanks that in Christ, life is made new - not because of a misguided assumption that we’re good and have earned it or that we’ve got all the answers figured out – but because Jesus loves us all. We know ourselves to be both sinner and saint; sinner in those areas which we have gone astray from our Lord’s calling and purpose, and saint because of what God has done in his love for us to bring us back into relationship with Him in His grace and mercy. My hope and prayer for you is that you are able to hear God’s voice of infinite love for you – that you are able to see the Holy Spirit invite you to the peace that is yours in Jesus. Christ Lutheran is always ready to help proclaim that truth, as a light that shines in the darkness, because each of us here first saw that light shown to us by God, and are eager to share that same good news with you.
May the Lord bless you… May the Lord keep you close to His own heart and be ever so gracious to you… May the Lord look upon with tremendous delight, and work His peace into your life… Amen.
+ Pastor Eric J. Allert, Lead Pastor