We are a worshiping Christian community and a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or “ELCA.”
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Here’s a formal statement about our beliefs from the ELCA website:
The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.
Teaching for a life of faith
This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”
You can find out more information about the ELCA, here: http://www.elca.org
First Lutheran Church in Malden is a congregation of the New England Synod of the ELCA. You can find out more about the New England Synod here: http://www.nesynod.org
At First Lutheran we are led by guiding principles, which speak to our identity as the little church in this corner of Malden.