We are a congregation of Christians and an extension of the North American Lutheran Church. We’re a community in transition, a family reconnecting, people who recognize Jesus as Christ and are stumbling after him together.
We are Lutheran, and are clearly taught by that theological and cultural tradition. At the same time we do not claim that we, or the Lutheran tradition in general, have the perfect understanding or presentation of the gospel or the mystery of God. We prize our heritage and aim to prioritize what is merely Christian by working cooperatively with all who follow Jesus.
Pastors can teach theology and faith practices, explain church history, and certainly be a significant mentor; but a family shows a child what it is to be a Christian, and it takes a congregation to teach what it is to be 'church.' All members of St Paul, when they joined or were confirmed in their faith, confess these intentions: "to live among God's faithful people, to hear his Word and share in his supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth." We fail at this, we confess that, and trust God to forgive us, renew us, and lead us - so that we can delight in God's will and walk in Jesus' ways to the glory of God.
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who produces them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good," (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).