Christ Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and practices the historic faith of the Lutheran Reformation. This means:
- We are catholic but not Roman Catholic.
- We are orthodox but not Eastern Orthodox.
- We are evangelical but not a part of the modern Evangelical Movement.
We believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen again for the forgiveness of our sins is the center and core of Christian faith. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one can come to God except through him. (John 14:6)
We further hold that our Lord Jesus Christ meets with sinners in peace, in Christian worship, which is called Divine Service (also known as Mass and Divine Liturgy). It is in this event that God's Word and Sacraments are properly used, and by this weekly event God transmits divine pardon, and every good and perfect gift to sinful man.
The source of all that we believe, teach and confess is Sacred Scripture as it is believed by the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. However, the Scriptures must be interpreted. For this we rely upon, and pledge faithfulness to, the Book of Concord of 1580, which includes the following creeds and confessions:
The Apostles Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Athanasian Creed
The Augsburg Confession
The Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession
The Small Catechism
The Large Catechism
The Smalcald Articles
The Treatise of the Power and Primacy of the Pope
The Formula of Concord (the Epitome and the Solid Declaration)
Christ Lutheran Church worships according to the Western Christian tradition as it is found on page 15 of The Lutheran Hymnal. Our Divine Service is conducted with reverence and dignity. (Note: we are in the process of switching to the Lutheran Service Book, and will have fully done so by the 1st Sunday of Advent of 2019.)Its officiants are ordained clergymen. For music we rely upon the church organ, and occasionally other dignified instrumentation.
Christ Lutheran Church celebrates the Eucharist (Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper) every Sunday, because it is the pinnacle of Christian worship and Christian witness, and constitutes the practice of the Christian religion. As our Lord says, "THIS CUP ... is the New Testament in my blood." Thus being a Christian, is by definition, to partake of this holy Sacrament.
Christ Lutheran Church practices "closed communion" which means that only instructed, confessing members may receive the sacrament. Others are welcome to come to the rail for a blessing and are invited to take Christian instruction after which they, too, may partake in this Blessed Sacrament.