Receiving God’s Gifts, Sharing God’s Gifts.
Welcome to Christ Lutheran Church — a congregation of disciples called through Baptism, united by Christ’s Body and Blood, trusting in God’s inspired and inerrant Word, receiving God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament through liturgical worship, then serving and telling others the good news of Christ crucified and risen for life and salvation. We are the Body of Christ Receiving God’s Gifts and Sharing God’s Gifts for the life of the world! Read on to learn more…
New Life, New Mission
From the Pastor's Desk
By referring to his Gospel as an account of “all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day when He was taken up” (Act 1:1), St. Luke identifies his Book of Acts as the account of what Jesus continues to do through His Church by way of His Holy Spirit. Beginning with Pentecost and the ordination of those called to the “preaching office,” Luke shows Jesus working through His Word and Spirit to gather sinners through the water of Baptism into the Church where they “devote themselves to the Apostle’s teaching and take their places in the Communion Fellowship, i.e. in the Lord’s Supper and the Divine Service. (Acts 2:42).
Indeed, it is this work that Jesus continues to this very day. For through the Office of the Holy Ministry, He baptizes us into His death and resurrection and makes us a new creation, reconciling us to God and gathering us to the feast of salvation. And now that we have been gathered into the Communion for which we were created by the Body and Blood of Christ, the fun has just begun!
Jesus says, “Follow me,” and with that, we get to participate with Him in His rule and reign for the life of the world. Taking our places in the Church Militant and upholding the truth of God’s Word over against the idolatry of this fallen world, we become the very means by which Jesus continues His work of salvation. Living from our Baptismal identities as the People of God, we who have received Christ’s gifts for our forgiveness, life, and salvation now get to share those gifts with the world around us in all our lives and vocations.
What’s more, in the same way that Jesus came to His first disciples after His resurrection, He continues to come for us to give us peace through the forgiveness of sins, encourage us by His Word, and unite us in fellowship with Him and with one another through His Body and Blood. Together in Christ, we shine as a light for this world as we continue our pilgrimage through this valley of the shadow of death, never despairing, but looking always to the promise of His deliverance.
Throughout this “Season of the Church,” let us take our places in the Communion of Saints who order their lives in accordance with God’s Word, that we may experience the joys of discipleship until that Day we come at last to the Lamb’s Feast in His kingdom which has no end.
Your Fellow Servant in Christ,
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