THE LUTHERAN CHURCH

The Lutheran Church gets its name from Martin Luther, who was born November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany.  Luther studied law before entering the monastery and becoming an Augustinian monk. He continued his studies, earning both a master's degree and doctorate. He served as professor at the University of Wittenberg, Germany. Luther died in Eisleben on February 18, 1546.

Luther discovered significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the theology and practices of the Church. Luther advocated for reform the Church from within. On October 31, 1517, he posted a list on the castle church door in Wittenberg, hoping that the Church would reform its practice and preaching to be more careful in how the Word of God, as contained in the Bible, was proclaimed. The debates that followed caused an unintentional division, giving birth to churches not aligned with the papacy and Rome.

The central message that Luther proclaimed, and the message of the Lutheran church, is that God's love and grace are freely given by God to all people through Jesus Christ. Luther's theology was foundational to the Protestant Reformation in Europe, and also subsequently generated reform within the churches aligned with Rome. Today, Lutherans stand in close communion with Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, UCC, Methodists and other mainline Christian denominations in preaching the good news of God's love for all people.

Worship is the center of congregational life. The Word of God is proclaimed in preaching, music, song and teaching, and through the sacraments. Lutheran congregations celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. All people, both young and old, are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Many Lutheran congregations, including Good Shepherd, celebrate Holy Communion weekly. We believe that Christ is truly present in the sacraments and that the gifts of the sacrament are: forgiveness of sin and eternal life.

Education is offered for children and adults, with confirmation instruction available to older youth. The Lutheran liturgy is full of music and singing, uniting the congregation in active worship, in both traditional and contemporary modes of expression. The goal of regular worship is not only to build up the individual and the community, but to empower each member to carry God's message of love and forgiveness into the world outside the church - to build faith that is active in love.

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