One of the great things about our faith is that it isn’t something that happens once and for all, and then we’re done with it. Our faith changes as we change, as we encounter new people and different situations. Our faith helps us trust, question, confess and profess. It’s what we say when we speak the creeds – the Apostles’, the Nicene, and/or the Athanasian – during worship. And? It’s how we treat our neighbor on Monday morning or Thursday afternoon. It grows from how we read the scriptures and where we see God in the world around us.
It would be nice, wouldn’t it, if we could describe faith in a tidy way – a way that would fit neatly into a box, maybe with a decorative bow on it. But faith isn’t like that, because faith encompasses a relationship that we have with God through the Holy Spirit. And relationships, particularly ones involving humans, are messy.
Our faith, though, tells us that God loves the world – and with that our imperfect selves – so much that God sent Jesus to save the world. Our faith witnesses to the mysteries of the resurrection – that Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that we might have life everlasting. Our faith points us to something bigger than ourselves – promises of forgiveness and grace and mercy that come from God to us.
“I have questions,” you might say.
“Good,” we’ll respond. “So do we. Let’s explore them together.”
For some, faith has been part of their life for a long time. For others, it’s a new gift. Others fall anywhere in between. Regardless of how you’d describe yourself, we’d love to have you join us as we gather together in faith – questioning, believing, loving, and serving.
Want to know more about the ELCA? Visit the ELCA website; the page on faith is a particularly good place to begin. http://www.elca.org/Faith