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.
From Our Pastor
Pastor Peter’s Pen
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together…
How apropos that this long season of Sundays following Epiphany should start off with an exultation to praise God through our actions. Given the often-short nature of Epiphany, it is really easy to overlook its rich call to discipleship to be the Church. This year we have one of the longest Epiphany seasons and have the opportunity to delve into the depth of the call.
These days with the hurried busyness of our lives, being pulled here and there, watching the church attacked from both within and without, the call to discipleship can sometimes feel more of burden than a joy. Isaiah’s call is a reminder to the faithful that God’s promise to the people to be with us even in the darkest of times. In fact, the promise is despite the thick darkness, the Lord shall rise on us. God’s work in us continues as God molds us to be a community of light.
Our Communal Life, built on the gracious work of Jesus Christ’s holy love for us, continues with the building blocks of outreach, and love for our neighbor. At FLC we have seen this take shape through outreach based as much on relationship as it is on our resources. Yes, we have been blessed, but the call to share more than our material goods with our neighbor is a call into deeper community with the brother, sister, father, mother, neighbor and friend we know and do not know. Jesus minces no words on who is our brother, sister, father, mother, and neighbor. They are the very people that surround us.
The challenge that lies ahead, is how do we reach out to neighbors we do not know. Do they even know what we are about? Do the know of our ministries and what we stand for? If not, why not? And what can we do to reach out and be intentional in our Christian outreach. How do we scream out over the din of the negative media towards the Church? How can we traverse the nay-sayers against the faith, to have the chance to tell our story? If we want to engage those around us, a good place for us to start is recognizing God’s gracious love rising up on us.
We have to remember why we are here first and foremost. It is not to promote some arcane traditions that no longer speak to Adonai and God’s mighty work of love in the world. Epiphany bookends the old testament readings with Isaiah. It closes with an exultation of faith, even as Israel seemed to be on the brink of total destruction…
Isaiah 55:12ff You shall go out with joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;….