Here’s a few questions that sometimes come to folk’s minds. But if you have other questions, please ask them. It’s kind of a cliche that the only stupid question is one we don’t ask, but there’s truth to that, as well. Our pastor is Dr. Charles Spomer, and his phone is 314-704-1732. You can also email us or contact us through our Facebook page (see links above). Another good place to learn and ponder the questions of the Christian faith is in our adult Bible class which meets every Sunday morning at 10. We are at all levels of learning about our faith, and we welcome you (and your questions) there. We also have Sunday school at 10 for all age levels.
That depends on where you are in your spiritual life. If you’re new to the Christian faith, we’d invite you first to be in the services as much as you’re able, and get a feel for the faith and God’s word. When you’re ready, we’ll provide you with instruction about the faith and encourage you to be baptized. If your background is from another church body, we’ll likewise provide instruction and study. If you’re a member of another congregation of the LCMS, we’ll arrange for a transfer of membership. Start by speaking with our pastor or a church elder, and we’ll get the process started.
Definitely not. While we welcome visitors and those hoping to join us, no one is forced to do anything. We won’t single you out. We are a small congregation, so it’s likely we’ll know you’re a guest, but that only means we welcome you in our midst.
Martin Luther in his Small Catechism wrote: “Baptism works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.” (see Mark 16:16). When asked how could water do such great things, he responds: Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” (Titus 3:5–8)”
St. Paul (I Corinthians 10:16) says, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” In other words, we believe that we receive both bread and Christ’s body, both wine and Christ’s blood. This is clearly miraculous, and is not something we or anyone else can explain. But we also believe that it’s important to simply trust what God has said, and this is what God’s word says about His Supper.
Certainly not. In communion, we believe in the scriptural testimony that in the bread and wine, we are receiving Christ’s real Body for our salvation, and while we welcome all to our services, if you wish to commune, and are unfamiliar with this teaching, we ask you to not commune until you’ve had the chance to speak with our pastor or a church elder.
Our services are “liturgical,” which means that we follow the order of services that the church has followed since the early years. While there’s a formality, it’s not stuffy, and our service book is easy to follow along, and if you get lost, someone nearby will be glad to help you.
We are in fellowship with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Synod is one of those church words that means simply that we walk together with over 6,100 congregations in the US, and we’re in fellowship with other confessing Christians on six continents.
What do we believe? Historically, we believe (along with orthodox Christians for some 2,000 years) in what is confessed in the Nicene creed. The word creed comes from the Latin word credo, which means “I believe” . We believe that God has made us, and everything that is. That God did not abandon the world and humanity when we sinned . That God the Father sent His son, Jesus, into the world to save sinners, and that God saves us freely, only by His grace, and without any goodness of our own. That God the Son died for us, and rose again from the dead on the third day. That God the Holy Spirit speaks to us through His word. That in Baptism, God washes away our sins, and gives us new life, and that in Holy Communion, God gives us Christ’s body and blood for our forgiveness.
We meet every Sunday for Bible study at 10 a.m.. followed by worship at 11.
In the worship service, our main “job” is to hear God’s word, and to have our sins forgiven. Most of our service is from God’s word. Normally, there are 3 Bible readings, one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament letters, and one from the gospels. We stand at the reading of the gospel, to remind ourselves that we are hearing the word of the Savior. We also pray a Psalm, and sing 3 or 4 hymns, hear a sermon, and receive the Lord’s Supper weekly.
If you’re not a sinner, you can’t come. But since all have sinned (see Romans 3:23) that includes everyone on the planet. We’re a diverse congregation of young and old, of different races, and different backgrounds. What unites us is our need for a Savior, and the love that we have for God for caring for us and forgiving our sins.