"We have this treasure in jars of clay, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us." Second Letter to the Followers of the Way in ancient Corinth. What is the treasure we have been entrusted with? What is the key to unlocking it? Intergenerational engagement across ethnic, economic and social diversity is one key part to unpacking the treasure God has revealed in Jesus Christ. People are the jars of clay through whom this treasure is passed on, one generation to another. The Lutheran Way of life is relational, inviting us into an on-going dialog with the Living God and one another. It is based on these assumptions (Kelly Fryer's Reclaiming the L Word: Renewing the church from its Lutheran Core):
- Jesus is Lord
- Love Changes People
- Everybody Has Something To Offer
- Everybody Is welcome
- The World Needs What We Have
Lutheranism is a Word and Sacrament ministry, which means we experience the scriptures as a Living Word that addresses us personally and communally. In worship, Lutheran spiritual practices are sacramental and liturgical, which means we trust God meets us where we are at through the earthly elements of water washing over us (baptism), bread broken and wine outpoured (communion). Communal worship involves a pattern of admitting our need for God, being reunited with God, hearing a Living Word, eating Bread broken for the life of the world, singing songs ancient and contemporary, praying for all of creation, social justice, those suffering, and the work of God among us. Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, which is in full communion with the Anglican Church in Canada and is a member of the Lutheran World Federation and Canadian Lutheran World Relief. To find out more, contact Pastor Jennifer, who is available for conversation at a local coffee shop, a walk or a bike ride. We grow in faith by on-going dialog!