A Reconciling in Christ Congregation
We affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female”.
We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, we are recipients of God’s love, grace and forgiveness. We invite the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of First Lutheran Church as we journey toward reconciliation through Christ. Christ has made us one. We acknowledge this reconciliation extends to all people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds as we are worthy individuals created by God. We rejoice in the manner in which diversity has enriched, nurtured and challenged the life and ministry we share in Christ. We will strive to be an inviting faith community, following the example set by Christ.
Who We Are
Is everyone Lutheran at First Lutheran?
Not by a long shot. Members from First Lutheran come from many church backgrounds. Only a third of the membership are life long Lutherans, the other two thirds come from a variety of other Christian churches and even non-christian backgrounds. We are a big tent. At First Lutheran we care less about where your come from, but we care more that you will hear an unrelenting confession of God’s grace and love for all people, for you and for those we disagree with. This is the Gospel or Good News at the very heart of Lutheran Spirituality.
What are your services like?
Sunday mornings are the traditional Lutheran Liturgy based on the ancestral liturgies of the Lutheran tradition. Our services have been described as deeply spiritual with a relaxed formality. Sacred Journey, our Wednesday evening service, is more experiential in nature in a more intimate atmosphere.
Who is your pastor at First Lutheran?
Our pastor is the Reverend Peter Hebert…
What is the space like where you meet?
Our Sanctuary has the charm of old Cape Churches with the modern conveniences. The church is set in the round which gives a warm feeling of family and community, as we raise our voices in singing. And oh do we love to sing.
How can I support this ministry?
Pray for us. You can also consider offering a gift of financial support.
Are there children at First Lutheran?
Yes! We prefer our kids to be actively involved in our worship life as full participants. We have a growing number of young families of all configuration with young children. There is Godly Play which is our Sunday School, taught in Montessori style in an open classroom. The kids love it, and so do the teachers. Children 3 yrs through 5th grade have Godly Play. Confirmation aged kids grades 6-8, are invited to help out as needed in the classroom.
What are this community’s practices around the Eucharist?
All baptized Christians are invited to the Lord’s Table to receive the bread and wine at communion, which for us is the body and blood of Christ. Christ is the host, we the servers. There are gluten-free and non-alcoholic options available.
Is this church part of a denomination?
Our Mission Statement
LOVE, PRAY, GATHER, SERVE.
These four words capture the heart and meaning of our mission and vision statements. They serve to help us focus our ministries and develop our outreach and programming.