Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.
We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds.
These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.
The Confession of faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is part of our founding Constitution. The ELCA accepts the following creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church:
- The Apostles Creed
- The Nicene Creed
- The Athanasian Creed
Explanation taken from Scripture-Creeds-Confessions a Statement of Belief
Hope, Love, Joy, Peace.
These are the four outer candles of the Advent wreath. Three of these candles are colored blue, the hue of the season’s expectation; one, the third to be lighted, is colored pink to emphasize the warmth of our joy. Finally, the inner candle, the white one at the center, stands for Christ in all his holiness, and purity, and light.
The story told by the Advent wreath does not end here. The four outer candles are arranged as a square. They show how the love of God in Christ surrounds us from all directions, from the ends of the universe. They are laid out in a perfectly symmetrical cross, with the Christ candle as its center. Thus, we are reminded of the sacrifice of Jesus as both the crossroads of history—the salvation of humankind from its sins—and the center of our lives as Christians.
At the same time, the four outer candles are united by a circle. In this, we recall the eternal nature of God’s love for us and for all Creation, and are reassured of our everlasting life with Christ, first on earth, and later, in heaven. Come, sisters and brothers in Christ, let us join hands in the circle-dance of life that is celebrated by the Advent wreath.
Let us keep the light of Christ at the center of our Advent preparations throughout December and in our Christmas celebration at month’s end. Jesus, indeed, is the reason for the season!
In his service, Pastor Greg Huth Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Home 518.561-1651 Cell 518.410-3067