Mission & Core Values

Mission Statement

“To follow Jesus Christ and share His love with the world.”

Core Values

1. Body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a    For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Cor. 12:13)

We are the Body of Christ. Not every person in this community sees the world the same, acts the same or shares the same gifts.  We are different people of different ages with different backgrounds. Christ is the purpose for being here and it is Christ who holds these different parts together into one body.  Simply put, Christ is the center of life at St. Luke.  Just as Christ made the invisible God, visible (John 1:14-18); our mission is to make Christ visible to the world.

2. Worship – Matthew 22: 34-40   Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Mt 22:37

Worship is the core of our life together.  Worship is where we meet Christ and Christ meets us.  We meet Christ in Word (John 1:1ff) and Sacrament (Lk 22:19) (Mt 28:19) in a way that reflects our Lutheran tradition.  Worship is an offering of time we give to the Lord out of love. Through prayer, thanksgiving and praise we receive Christ in to transform our lives. (Acts 2:24ff)

3. Hospitality – Matthew 25:31-40 /Hebrews 13:1-3   Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have entertained angels without realizing it. (Heb. 13:2)

We seek to practice Hospitality.  We strive to be a caring, compassionate community that welcomes the stranger.  We pray people who discover St. Luke find a positive, supportive environment that inspires them to grow deeper in faith and service.

4. Life-Long Learning – Ephesians 4: 11-16   And he gave…teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…” (Eph. 4:11-16)

We are committed to Life-Long Learning. We seek to create a variety of learning opportunities for people of all ages to help “equip the saints for the work of ministry”  Growing in the faith helps us navigate life’s challenges. It also helps open our hearts to discover the joy of an abundant life in Christ.

5. Generous in Giving – 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15   You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. (2 Cor. 9:11)

We strive to be Generous in Giving. God has given generously to us and invites us to give generously to others. It is through giving that God cares for the needs of all creation. We value giving because we see it as an act of gratitude towards God. Grateful people tend to be generous people. Generous people tend to be people who live in peace, joy, and love.

6. Serve – Matthew 20: 20-28   “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”(Mt 20: 25ff)

We are called to Serve. To follow Jesus is to serve your neighbor.  At St. Luke our neighbors are those who live next door to the church and in our community.  They are also people across the globe.  We do not wait for neighbors to come to us, Christ leads us out to meet our neighbor in their time and place of need.

St. Luke is a member of the ELCA.