What We Believe

What We Believe

Mission Statement

The Mission of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through the celebration of Gods’ love in witness, worship and service.

Vision Statement

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is a place where people…

  • are firmly rooted in God’s grace.
  • give thanks in worship to the Creator.
  • struggle to fulfill their baptismal vows as individuals, families and a community.
  • come to a greater understanding of God’s story in history and their own lives.
  • grow in their relationship with Christ through word and sacrament, fellowship, study and outreach.
  • are strengthened and renewed in their daily faith journey.

As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we believe:

  • in a God who cares and loves God’s people so much that He would send his Son to be one with us, even to dying for us, but ultimately rising victorious so that we too might live a new life. This new life in Christ begins in baptism and each day in repentance and holy living.
  • in a God who embraces all people of every race and creed, knowing no boundaries that humans often erect to separate themselves from others, and others from the Christian community.
  • that all people sin and fall short of what God desires of us. Our job is not to judge others, but rather to ask ourselves how we can do better each and every day.
  • we are all called to be “ministers” in every aspect of our lives. Ministers of God proclaim Jesus Christ, share his love and mercy, and reach out to the hurting and the lonely.
  • our lives are centered in worship, weekly at church, and daily in prayer and thanksgiving.
  • in baptism into the Christian faith for all people of God of all ages. We believe in ONE baptism for the forgiveness of sin. The Lutheran tradition, like that of the vast majority of Christians for 2000 years, baptizes infants, believing that God is at work even before we are aware of it. Later in life, around the age of 14, these children of God are asked to make their own commitment to a life of faith by “affirming their baptism” after two years of instruction in the Christian faith.
  • that God comes to us in His holy supper, communion in a real presence that is a mystery to us that we cannot explain, but we believe and embrace. Christ’s redeeming body and blood are real and present so that nothing can stand in the way of this work of grace.
  • the Bible is God’s LIVING word, the true story of God’s history with God’s people. It is the inspired word of God, written down by believers in relationship with God. We wrestle with the word, just as Jacob wrestled with God. We interpret the word, just as Jesus and Paul and teachers through the centuries have interpreted the word. Jesus the Christ is the Word of God made flesh, and ultimately his grace is the last word of God.
  • that, as Paul says in the thirteenth chapter of Corinthians, we see in a mirror dimly, but one day we shall see clearly. We do not know all the answers, or have a complete understanding of God. One day however, all will be made known to all God’s people.