Salem is a congregation in the Northwest Washington Synod (geographic area) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
1. We are Biblical – meaning that the Bible reveals God to the world “Despite the diversity of viewpoints and the complexity of the many narratives contained in the Scriptures, Lutheran Christians believe that the story of God’s steadfast love and mercy in Jesus is the heart and center of what the Scriptures have to say.” (from: www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching/Scripture-Creeds-Confessions).
2. We are Trinitarian – meaning we believe in One God revealed through the Father, Jesus & Holy Spirit. Our belief is expressed through the Creeds of the Church: the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds
3. We are Sacramental – meaning we follow the commands of Jesus to make disciples through Baptism and to remember the gift of his Real Presence in Communion (a.k.a Lord’s Supper, Eucharist). By these means of grace, God provides forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation. We welcome everyone to Communion.
4. We are Liturgical – meaning that (1) our worship is interactive following a Biblical pattern where we GATHER, HEAR and respond to God’s promises and commands, RECEIVE the Sacraments, and are SENT into the world to serve, forgive, and be vessels God’s compassion and mercy; and (2) the Church Year is guided by the life of Jesus (reflected by the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost).
5. We are Disciples – meaning that as followers of Jesus, the journey of faith is life-long and that the First Story of Faith (The Bible) is authoritative for our daily individual and communal living. Central teachings are: The Bible (Old and New Testaments), The Ten Commandments, Baptism, Communion, The Lord's Prayer, Apostles’ Creed. As disciples, what we learn shapes our attitudes and actions in our daily living and service in the world.
6. In a nutshell, we are Sola in our beliefs – meaning:
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