Although there are around 9 million Lutherans in the U.S., Alabama has one of the fewest Lutheran populations of all states. So in case you are wondering what Lutherans believe ...
A Lutheran is a Christian
We consider ourselves part of the Christian movement and part of the "catholic" (universal) church.
We began as the very first Protestant church ("protesting" abuses in the church). Today we are the largest of all Protestant churches in the world (there are approximately 58 million Lutherans worldwide).
Our message centers on God's grace
Lutherans share a common faith:
Accepting the Bible as the true source of our beliefs
Accepting the ancient statements of beliefs ("Creeds" such as the Apostles' Creed)
Emphasizing that human beings are saved by grace through faith as God's doing (not human effort or decision)
Baptize both babies and adults (since it is God's grace that saves--not our works)
Accept the baptism of all other Christian denominations
Practice Holy Communion often (because Jesus said to)
Lutherans generally do not:
Dwell on the end of times (because we are called to live each day as faithful stewards of the earth and we are ready to meet our Lord at any time)
Dwell on the judgment of God (preferring to accent God's grace)
Use strong emotions in worship (because that can be manipulative)
Call for people to make a "decision for Christ" (because that decision has already been made and it is a YES!)
Lutheran worship is:
Fairly predictable (but not boring)
Usually includes Holy Communion
Often includes "confession" because all have sinned and have fallen short of God's glory
The Lutheran Church is:
"Confessional" which means we acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior and the Bible as revealing God's will
"Ecumenical" meaning that we work for the unity of all God's family
"Ancient" in that we try to maintain Christian practice and belief that goes back to the time of Christ
The Lutheran Church has two major denominations in the U.S.
Was organized in 1951 by the German rocket scientists and their families who came with Dr. Wernher von Braun to begin the U.S. Space program. Learn more about St. Mark's History
Lives by our mission statement that says "SAVED BY GRACE, WE ARE CALLED TO CELEBRATE, SERVE, AND MAKE DISCIPLES FOR CHRIST"
Envisions the C.H.U.R.C.H. as being much more than what the typical church is: Christ is our head, Home is the feel one gets at St. Mark's - a safe place to be family, Urgency marks our message of "good news" for all people, Relationships between God and people are developed and celebrated, Calling is used in ministry so that we can be a Hope to the world as we proclaim the One who is true hope.
St. Mark's is a friendly place where ALL are welcomed
St. Mark's is a learning place where one is free to explore God's grace without fear of "wrong answers" or judgment
St. Mark's is a place of music and song as we often CELEBRATE
St. Mark's is a place engaged in helping others as we SERVE
St. Mark's is always reaching out--locally and around the world as we seek to MAKE DISCIPLES FOR CHRIST