Belief and Practice
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod 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.
Our congregations believe, teach, confess, and preach 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.
Who is Jesus?
For more than 2,000 years people have asked this question. We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible, we have the record of His birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Through the study of the Bible, you can seek the answer to this age-old question.
What does "Synod" mean?
The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean "walking together." The term has rich meaning in our church body because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, our congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.
Lutheran congregations are confessional. Our congregations believe the Lutheran Confessions are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical doctrine.
Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were transcribed and shared broadly by church leaders during the 16th century. Luther's Small Catechism contains essential summaries of our beliefs, while the Augsburg Confession gives more detail about what Lutherans believe.
Service of the Sacrament
Holy Communion is offered on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of each month.
If you are unable to attend those services and want to partake in communion, the pastor is available to conduct a private communion service in his office during the week. To schedule an appointment for private communion, call the church office at 248/474-0675, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Since the days of the Apostles, the church's communion practice has remained constant. It follows I Corinthians 10 and 11, where the Apostle Paul warns the Church to know the true Body and Blood of Christ is in and with the bread and wine. St. Paul warns, "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body east and drinks judgment on himself." If you are uncertain of whether you should partake of the Lord's Supper with us, please talk to our pastor or an elder before communing. Elders will be at the rear of the sanctuary and will be wearing an "Elder" badge.
If you choose not to partake of communion, you may still come up to the Lord's Table to receive a blessing from the pastor. Children may also come up for a blessing from the pastor.