we are...the Lutheran Church
St. James is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a
denomination with more than 5.3 million members, making it the fourth largest Protestant
Church in the United States.
We believe that God sent His Son to "accomplish all things for our salvation,"
and we hold fast to the belief that we are not saved by what we do, but by what Christ has
done for us all.
The Lutheran Church is a singing church with a historically beautiful worship service.
Being neither radical nor ultra conservative, the church longs to serve as the Body of
Christ and be His instrument of love, mercy, peace and forgiveness in the world.
Membership is offered to all who are baptized or desire to be baptized in the name of the
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
St. James Lutheran Church...
Risen Jesus Christ!
learning and enrichment for all ages!
Living Word of God in a way that connects to our lives!
individuals and families as we seek to live out our faith!
Jesus lived and died for us and is the hope of the world!
you to be a part
of this exciting adventure of faith!
If you would like to join St. James and "Share the Spirit," please share
your desire with our pastor or a member of the Evangelism
Committee. If you are from a Lutheran background, we will welcome you by Letter of
Transfer. If you come from another Christian body, we offer you a four-to-five week
Pastor's Class to provide some instruction and understanding in the Lutheran Faith, ending
in your Affirmation of Baptism. If you have not been a member of a church, you will want
to attend the Pastor's Class and be accepted into God's Family by the Sacrament of Holy
Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Here is the official text as it appears in the
Constitution of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America.
- This church confesses the Triune God, Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit.
- This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe
- Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom
everything was made and through whose life, death, and
resurrection God fashions a new creation.
- The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel
is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word
and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the
history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the
work of Jesus Christ.
- The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the
written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through
their authors, they record and announce God's revelation
in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to
and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the
- This church accepts the canonical Scriptures of the
Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm
of its proclamation, faith, and life.
- This church accepts the
Athanasian Creeds as true
declarations of the faith of this church.
- This church accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession
as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it In faith and doctrine all
churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
- This church accepts the other confessional
writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the
Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the
Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.
- This church confesses the Gospel, recorded in
the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional
writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God's mission in the