(CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH) “Grow in Faith, Serve Those in Need,and Draw All People to Christ.” We are Christ Lutheran Church…and this is ourMission Statement. That we have a mission statement at all is to guarantee, or at least seek to be, all that our Mission as a church calls us to be. It is why we refer to it in this introduction to the community we serve.
At the heart of who we are is a worshipping community. We worship according to the ancient liturgical forms of the church which have been handed down and continually enhanced by gifted writers and musicians. Therefore the liturgy, that is, our worship service, is both at the same time historical and contemporary, joining us with all the faithful who have gone before us and paving the way for those who follow. The liturgy is drawn from the living Word of God and seasoned by the needs and concerns of our day. The service is vibrant and authentic, drawing our attention at all times out of ourselves and into the presence of God. The message is always about God's love for us all and Christ Jesus empowering us to go into all the world bearing this good news to the world around us.
While who we are as a congregation is grounded in worship, it is that worship that enables us to be who we are in and with the community we serve—particularly Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, and greater Ft. Lauderdale. Most importantly, in this service and as an indispensable element to whowe are—as a congregation grounded in Christ, and formed in the Lutheran faith tradition—we are a community that is welcoming and open to all. Which is why, among the images that you will see upon first entering our church, is the symbol of Reconciling in Christ. “The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 813 settings” (www.reconcilingworks.org). Christ Lutheran Church is one among these gathering places where all are welcome to worship, gather for fellowship, join for education (both children and adults), and participate in service to the community (in the collection of food for donation as well as our monthly bazaars).
Christ Lutheran is also a place where relationships are formed and fostered. Not only are all welcome, but all are brought into relationship with one another. We worship, serve, and laugh together. We enjoy our time together deepening our relationship with God, and with one another and we share in each other’s joys and comfort one another in times of sorrow.
We are not just a congregation, we are family… one which on this and all other years comes home for the holidays. For, at Christ Lutheran Church, we are a family that is borne of the HolyFamily—Mary, Joseph and our Lord Jesus—and we gather in a home to which all are invited, to turn and return to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Come and join the Christ of Christmas.
Edwin, this photo is for above the article It is larger than the text box, but I’d like it “cut off” on the bottom below the shadow of the cross (in the small circle of light between the chairs and the large floor mosaic.) If it’s possible, I’d also like it “cut off” at the top so it shows a bit less ceiling (but I couldn’t do that edit for some reason.) Edit as needed to get mostly from the cross in the light at the bottom to just above the windows and Jesus wall upfront. Deborah
Edwin, for the circle in the middle of the article. Deborah