"We are followers of Christ, sharing God's love and blessings."
This statement is a vision because, like most people who gather to worship, we are broken and know it. We know that we want to share God's love and blessings; we also know that we fail to do so. We gather together not because we are perfect but because we need to be fed with the Word and Sacrament so that we are strengthened to go out and try to be the body of Christ in the world. Our vision is that others would see us, broken though we may be, and glimpse the grace of God that gives us our very lives. Our vision is that we might be Christ for the world.
St. Thomas/Holy Spirit strives to look out into the surrounding community and serve where our time and talents allow us. We seek to build relationships across boundaries that culture, society, and even we ourselves have built. Our 2015/2016 Goal & Objectives are designed specifically to carry out our Mission. It is our goal to be authentic in our callings as baptized children of God.
St. Thomas/Holy Spirit is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran body in the United States of America. We are a Christian denomination, meaning that we are Trinitarian (believing in one God in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and Christological (we believe that Jesus is the Messiah, fully human and devine, who died and rose for our salvation). With roots that grow down to the start of the Reformation in 1517, ELCA Lutherans stand firm with the basic tenets of Martin Luther's teachings: grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone. We believe that there is nothing that we can do to achieve salvation, for salvation is accomplished by the grace of God alone. We believe that salvation is realized (not achieved) through our confident trust in God, who in Jesus the Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation. We believe that the Bible is the norm for faith and life, a standard by which teachings and doctrine should be judged. We hold to the three major creeds of the church, Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian. We also accept the confessional writings of the Book of Concord.
We celebrate two sacraments: baptism and eucharist. Baptism can be celebrated at any age; however, we believe that because baptism is an act of God, there is need for only one Christian baptism in a lifetime. When infants are baptized, the promises of baptism are made by parents, sponsors, and the congregation. As the child grows and is instructed in faith they are given the opportunity to affirm the promises made in baptism for themselves, a rite of passage which we call Confirmation. If baptism is done for an adult, the adult affirms their promises of faith at that time. Eucharist is also called Holy Communion. In the eucharist, we believe that Jesus is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine. Our table is open to all who are gathered for worship and believe.
We are an ecumenical body, meaning that we can share and do join in worship with other denominations. All are welcome to fully participate in the life and service of the church.
For more information on what ELCA Lutherans believe, go to elca.org/what-we-believe
Heritage Worship 8:30AM
Fellowship: 9:30 AM
Education: 9:45 AM
Crossover Contemporary Worship: 10:45 AM
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St. Thomas Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
3980 S Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63127