We Believe

Our Mission Statement

Teach God's truth through the Bible, nurture to grow, serve to encourage all.

Belief

The Lutheran Church teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God:

the Father, creator of all that exists;

Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and

the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments.

The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

As a member congregation of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, Heavenly Host believes, teaches, and confesses the Christian faith as it is outlined in the Book of Concord of 1580 because it is a right exposition of the Word of God as found in the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments.


Worship at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church

We do not go to worship as we do to some other entertainment.  At Heavenly Host, we come before the Lord of heaven and earth as repentant sinners seeking His grace and mercy.  Thus, worship at Heavenly Host is joyful yet reverent. 

 

Traditional and liturgical

Here we hope you’ll find a steady liturgy for an unsteady world—an ancient faith for today's people.  The heart of our life is devotion to the Word of God and frequent reception of Holy Communion.

The Church from the beginning has worshiped liturgically. The Lord Himself prescribed the liturgy of the tabernacle.  In the book of Acts, the first Christians in Jerusalem are described as “dedicated to the doctrine of the Apostles, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).  Here is an early witness to the worship of the earliest Christians who combined the service of the Jewish synagogue (three Scripture readings, Psalms, sermon, and prayers) with the Lord’s Supper.  This became the basis of the Divine Service, which has two parts, the service of the Word (three Scripture readings, Psalms, sermon, and prayers) and the service of the Sacrament (thanksgiving, Lord’s Prayer, and Holy Communion).

The Lutheran Reformers were not modernizers seeking to create a new church.  They wanted to continue in the greater tradition of the Church with the liturgy cleansed from all false teaching.  Lutherans rejoice in our continuity with the Church from the apostolic age and the faith the Church fathers passed down. 

At Heavenly Host, we celebrate the Holy Communion each Lord’s Day and on other Church festivals, according to the liturgical settings found in Lutheran Service Book.

We also offer evening services on Wednesdays during Advent and Lent to further Christian devotion.


Children in church

At Heavenly Host we believe that families should worship together, with children learning the liturgy from their parents.  We encourage parents to guide their children throughout the service, helping them to learn the language of the faith.  Your children are welcome here!

At times young children need attention outside of the sanctuary.  Feel free to use the cry room to the right of the main doors of the sanctuary. We also have a changing table in the ladies rest room.  We plan to address any additional needs in any future expansion of the building.


Being a part of the Holy Communion

In celebrating the Sacrament of the Altar at Heavenly Host, we confess and declare that we joyfully receive Christ’s Body and Blood, under bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins.

As we celebrate the Sacrament we also give public confession to our unity in the Christian faith (1 Cor. 10).  Members in good standing of congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are asked to announce themselves to the pastor prior to the service before communing.  All others are invited to speak with the pastor about preparing for communion fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Those not communing are invited to come forward for a blessing, kneeling with arms crossed.

We are aware that many other church bodies do not keep to this ancient Christian practice but please be assured that we do this not out of spiritual arrogance, but rather in a sincere desire to be faithful to our Lord’s command and the apostles’ teaching.

Being “Lutheran”

Our congregation accepts and preaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Grace Alone - Sola Gratia

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith Alone - Sola Fide

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture Alone - Sola Scriptura

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.