People of the Way.
The earliest followers of Jesus were not called Christians. They were called “People of the Way.” In other words, the life of faith is not primarily a set of rules and regulations, but a set of relationships. Most of all, it’s a journey.
Jesus kept it simple. Just one thing you need to remember, he said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind & strength–& your neighbor as yourself (Notice I said “simple,” not “easy”!) We believe the life of faith is a response of this teaching in every area of our lives, as an example to the world.
God’s Work, Our Hands.
Loving God and neighbor—with heart, soul, strength, mind—means using all our gifts in every facet of our lives for the healing of the world… today. Bible and book studies, prayer, worship, housing for those without shelter, recovery group meetings, opportunities for AIDS/HIV awareness and LGBT concerns—all these and many other practices, we believe, are examples of God’s Work, Our Hands.
We at Lakeridge Lutheran strive to welcome all people, including the hurting, the lonely, the forgotten and the rejected. We welcome people with expansive vision and fresh ideas, ready to step out in faith, willing to take risks, both to build on current ministries and to discover new opportunities. As an Affirmation of Welcome, Lakeridge Lutheran adopted in February of 2011 the following statement:
Lakeridge Lutheran Church is a spiritual community that celebrates the gifts of God that empower us to engage in the struggles of life, to care for each other, and to serve Christ where we work and live. Lakeridge Lutheran is a Reconciling-in-Christ congregation. We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, educational backgrounds, and economic conditions–all who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to people.
Ready to explore Christian discipleship or looking for a church home? We welcome your heart & your hands!
Grace & peace,
Scott Kramer, Pastor