What We Believe

We believe in and worship the blessed and Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe and trust in Jesus the Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, who has died for our sins and will raise us unto eternal life. We subscribe to and confess the following Creeds:

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

   the Father, the Almighty,

   maker of heaven and earth,

   of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

   the only Son of God,

   eternally begotten of the Father,

   God from God, Light from Light,

   true God from true God,

   begotten, not made,

   of one Being with the Father.

   Through him all things were made.

   For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven;

       by the power of the Holy Spirit

       he became incarnate from the virgin Mary, and was made man.

   For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

       he suffered death and was buried.

       On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

       he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

   He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

   Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

   With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

   He has spoken through the prophets.

   We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

   We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. +

   We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.


Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

   He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

   He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

   He descended into hell.

   On the third day he rose again.

   He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

   He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

   the holy catholic Church,

   the communion of saints,

   the forgiveness of sins, +

   the resurrection of the body,

   and the life everlasting.


Athenasian Creed

Quicunque Vult


Whoever wants to be saved

          should above all cling to the catholic faith.

Whoever does not guard it whole and inviolable

          will doubtless perish eternally.

Now this is the catholic faith:

We worship one God in trinity

          and the Trinity in unity,

          neither confusing the persons

          nor dividing the divine being.

For the Father is one person,

          the Son is another,

          and the Spirit is still another.

But the deity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

          is one, equal in glory,

          coeternal in majesty.

What the Father is,

          the Son is,

          and so is the Holy Spirit.

Uncreated is the Father;

          uncreated is the Son;

          uncreated is the Spirit.

The Father is infinite;

          the Son is infinite;

          the Holy Spirit is infinite.

Eternal is the Father;

          eternal is the Son;

          eternal is the Spirit:

And yet there are not three eternal beings,

          but one who is eternal;

as there are not three uncreated and unlimited beings,

          but one who is uncreated and unlimited.

Almighty is the Father;

          almighty is the Son;

          almighty is the Spirit:

And yet there are not three almighty beings,

          but one who is almighty.

Thus the Father is God;

          the Son is God;

          the Holy Spirit is God:

And yet there are not three gods,

          but one God.

Thus the Father is Lord;

          the Son is Lord;

          the Holy Spirit is Lord:

And yet there are not three lords,

          but one Lord.

As Christian truth compels us to acknowledge

each distinct person as God and Lord,

          so catholic religion forbids us

          to say that there are three gods or lords.

The Father was neither made

          nor created nor begotten;

the Son was neither made nor created,

          but was alone begotten of the Father;

the Spirit was neither made nor created,

          but is proceeding from the Father and the Son.

Thus there is one Father, not three fathers;

          one Son, not three sons;

          one Holy Spirit, not three spirits.

And in this Trinity, no one is before or after,

          greater or less than the other;

but all three persons are in themselves, coeternal and coequal;

          and so we must worship the Trinity in unity

          and the one God in three persons.

Whoever wants to be saved should think thus about the Trinity.

It is necessary for eternal salvation that one also faithfully believe

          that our Lord Jesus became flesh.

For this is the true faith that we believe and confess:

          That our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son,

          is both God and man.

He is God, begotten before all worlds

          from the being of the Father,

and he is man, born in the world

          from the being of his mother–

existing fully as God,

          and fully as man

          with a rational soul and a human body;

equal to the Father in divinity,

          subordinate to the Father in humanity.

Although he is God and man,

          he is not divided,

          but is one Christ.

He is united because God

          has taken humanity into himself;

          he does not transform deity into humanity.

He is completely one in the unity of his person,

          without confusing his natures.

For as the rational soul and body are one person,

          so the one Christ is God and man.

He suffered death for our salvation.

He descended into hell

          and rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

          and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

At his coming all people shall rise bodily

          to give an account of their own deeds.

Those who have done good will enter eternal life,

those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith.

One cannot be saved

          without believing this firmly and faithfully.

The Holy Scriptures are the inspired, inerrant Word of God. They are the norma normans, the absolute norm of faithfulness. In their fullness – Old Testament, New Testament, and Deuterocanonical – they express the loving intent of the Holy Trinity for all creation.

Holy Baptism is the Sacrament by which the Holy Spirit unites us with the Body of Christ. It is necessary for salvation and is offered to all people. Certain holy days are set apart for celebration of Holy Baptism. Anyone desiring to be Baptized should contact the pastor.

Holy Communion is celebrated at all Services. The Lutheran Church teaches that the true body and blood of Jesus Christ are really present in the Supper of our Lord under the form of bread and wine and are there distributed and received.(AC X)   All Baptized Christians who trust in the real presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Holy Communion are invited to receive the Sacrament. Those persons not prepared to receive the Sacrament may still come forward to receive a blessing.

Holy Absolution is the Sacrament by which personal assurance of the Lord’s forgiveness of our sins is obtained. The traditional Ember Days, days of penitence, are set aside for this opportunity. Repentant Christians may also make arrangements with the pastor throughout the year to receive this Sacrament.

We have great appreciation for the beauty and instruction provided by the historic liturgy of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. We pray it according to the form found in the Lutheran Book of Worship.

Daily prayer and reading of Holy Scripture are essential to the life of the Christian. Members are encouraged towards constant growth in these two disciplines.