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As a Lutheran Church, Jesus of Nazareth is the foundation and center of our faith, life, and practice.  We believe that, as the Old and New Testament scriptures teach us, he is the one true Lord and is working, even now, to bring newness, wholeness, and life to his people and to his world.  In all that we do, we seek to listen to Jesus and to live like him.  Jesus calls us, and all people, to trust in and love God our Father, and to live lives of loving service and sacrifice to/for our neighbors in need.

Our faith can be summarized in the words of the Apostle's Creed, it is an ancient statement of faith that has been, and is, embraced Christians of all denominations.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

(This is an ecumenical translation of the ancient creed. The phrase 'descended to the dead' can also, and is frequently translated 'descended to hell.'The phrase 'holy catholic Church'refers not to any individual denomination but to the universal (catholic) church - that is all people of God.)