Who We Are
Welcome to All Saints Lutheran Church!
This is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America upholding the catholicity of the Evangelical Lutheran confessing movement within the one holy catholic and apostolic church [or upholding the heritage of the one holy catholic and apostolic church as received by the Evangelical Lutheran confessing movement]. We are both catholic and evangelical, two words often misunderstood. Evangelical means that we are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ which announces grace and hope. Catholic means that we are part of the universal church of all times and places, and we claim the history and rich traditions of the church through the ages. The main act of worship for Lutherans and other catholic Christians is called the Eucharist, a biblical term meaning simply thanksgiving [I Timothy 2:1]. Since the early days of the church, this word has referred to the sacred meal Jesus gave his friends as a means of his continuing presence among them. The building itself contributes to our worship. The central focus of the building is the altar and the large cross with its golden nimbus, because the center of our service is Christ's sacrifice on the cross made present in the Eucharist and the vindication of his life shown in his rising from the dead, again made present in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist we receive the body and blood of Christ to strengthen us to be the body of Christ in the world, announcing God's promise to raise us and the whole creation to new life.