At St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, we have become a ‘church family’. We are connected by faith, by confession, by ministry, by service opportunities, and by relationship. We do however, also offer (and value) formal membership in the congregation. Membership follows instruction in the teachings of the congregation as a congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Membership provides the opportunity to share in many things beyond the faith and family connection, including Holy Communion and service in the congregation’s organization.
Membership follows instruction in the basics of the faith as taught and confessed in Luther’s Small Catechism. This booklet of instruction explains the Christian faith as taught by three texts and three events:
- The 10 Commandments - This 1st text reveals and proclaims the holy will of God for His people. It is a word of instruction in holy living, but it is even more a reflection of how we cannot be 'holy enough' on our own and need mercy and forgiveness for our sin.
- The Apostles’ Creed - This 2nd text proclaims who God is and what He does in our lives. The God we worship is Triune, that is He is the God who reveals Himself to be three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) in one Divine being.
- The Lord’s Prayer - This 3rd text is that which Jesus taught us that contains the method and content of how we pray to our Loving God.
- Holy Baptism - This is the 1st and initiatory event in the life of faith. By it we become the people of God and live in the certainty of His mercy, His guidance, and His resurrection.
- Confession & Absolution - This 2nd event in the life of faith is the expression of the constancy of Christian living. We seek to be obedient to God's will, and yet we fail to accomplish this desire. We sin. When we sin, we have the joyous reality of forgiveness by God and the ongoing dynamic of forgiveness between Christians.
- Holy Communion - This 3rd event in the life of faith is the forgiving and strengthening meal in which Christians come together in humility and receive (both individually and corporately) the powerful presence of Jesus in the sacred meal He instituted for us Christians to eat and to drink.
Classes for Jr. High students are held weekly over two years. Classes for High School students and adults are held as need dictates. For more information on membership, please contact us.