Mission Statement – To connect the unconnected to Christ and together grow into fully developing followers of Him.
Vision Statement – To be a spiritual family of faith, hope, and love.
We are a spiritual family of Jesus Christ committed
- to live by a Scriptural faith,
- to be known for our grace motivated love,
- and to be a voice of eternal hope.
Strategy for Spiritual Growth
- Plug In — to God and others at Word & Sacrament worship services.
- Charge Up — to become like Christ through personal Quiet Times and Small Group gatherings.
- Live Out — by serving at ALC and in our community. So that we will
- Pass On — to others our faith in Jesus.
Spiritual Transformation – Life change occurs as we experience God’s grace in His Word and Sacraments and practice prayer and other spiritual disciplines.
Real Community – God’s dream is for people to experience community with Him and with one another. Real community happens when people come together in love, acceptance, and encouragement. Community and life change happen best in Small Groups.
Intentional Serving – We demonstrate God’s love through the use of our spiritual gifts, talents, and personalities in support of our collective strategy to meet the needs of others who may or may not know Him.
Generous Giving – Everything we are and have is anchored in God’s generosity in our lives. Practicing wise stewardship in our lives and giving back financially is a direct response to His generous nature toward us.
Expressed Compassion and Care – Expressing care and love towards others shows our love towards God. We value acts of compassion and kindness to all peoples, including the poor, the under-resourced, and the hurting in our society.
Life-Giving Relationships – Everyone knows at least one person who has not experienced God’s grace and love. We value praying for that individual regularly, living a genuine faith in front of him or her, and having intentional spiritual conversations in the course of everyday life.
For those not accustomed to the rhythm of our worship liturgies, the following is a brief explanation of its basic elements.
In Communion (The Sacrament of the Altar) our Lord and Savior is continually distributing to us the body and blood of the sacrifice He made for us, the sacrifice by which He paid for the sins of the entire world. Thus, receiving His body and blood, we receive forgiveness, life and salvation.
Communicants for the Lord’s Table should:
- Repent of their sins, wanting to turn away from them.
- Believe in Jesus as their savior and in the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament:
That person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”
– Luther’s Small Catechism
- Intend to grow, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in a more committed life with Jesus and His Church.
We welcome all who fully understand and accept our view of Holy Communion. Those who are unsure of our beliefs should see the pastor before communing for the first time. If you would like to receive a blessing, come forward with your arms folded over your chest. If you prefer to take non-alcoholic wine, use the cups in the center of the tray.
The Lord’s Prayer
We recite the prayer above every prayer because our Lord personally gave us this prayer as the model prayer we should follow.
We recite creeds because they are the cherished possession of the entire church confessing the one, true faith in the holy Trinity.
Confession and Absolution
The common confession is based on Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector in Luke 18 on the right attitude of prayer. The absolution (when Pastor says, “Upon your confession, I as a called and
ordained servant of God’s Word announce to you the grace of God and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive all your sins”) is the Lord’s life giving sure and certain word that
we are forgiven. It is not the voice or word of the Pastor but the Word of God who forgives sins.