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11 Collie Street, Williams Bay, WI.

Welcome - Welcome!

On this page you will find:

  • A full function Google map of our location.
  • Who we are and what we believe in.
  • A link to the pamplet titled: WBLC invitation to Attend. To print a copy, use your browser print.
  • Contact information:
    • Pastor Tom Dowling
    • Secretary, Judy Newell
    • Telephone: 262-245-5995
    • Email: secretary@wblc.org

Who we are and what we believe in.

We are called together by God: 1 Peter 2:9

Sanctuary We are a supportive community that assembles regularly to baptize, commune, and speak the word of God.  We bear one another’s burdens, speak a word of serious concern and comfort when needed, confess our sins, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and rejoice together in praise of God.

We are a believing community in praise and service to God.

  • Creeds – help us confess and state what we believe.
  • Trinity – God in three persons: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.
  • Jesus is our Suffering Savior (who died on the cross and was raised again).
  • The Means of Grace:
  • The Holy Word of God in the Bible – a set of love letters from God.
  • The inspired word of God which witnesses to Christ (God’s Word in the flesh).
  • The Sacraments: Holy Communion and Baptism.
  • The word spoken about Jesus Christ – proclamation.

Prayer – Philippians 4:6-7 – a community in conversation with God.

  • Individual prayer and Intercessory prayer.
  • “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.  And the peace of God, with surpasses all understanding and will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We are a worshiping community

  • Lutheran worship is God-centered.
  • Lutherans think that worship is not the pastor’s performance but it is the “work of the people” (this is what liturgy means).
  • Everything in worship must grow out of and reflect the Word.
  • We stress preaching of Christ and celebration of the Sacraments.

We are a community of stewards.

  • All of life, all possessions and capabilities are, in a sense, on loan from God the creator.
  • We offer ourselves and our resources in service to Christ: Both in the church community and in our daily lives (work and at home).
  • 1 Peter 4:10-11 “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.  Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.
  • We are all ministers.  Martin Luther called us “a priesthood of all believers”.  We all have gift to share in proclaiming Jesus Christ.
  • We all are called to pass the faith and good news on to others.

We are a community of Grace (God’s grace especially in Jesus Christ).

  • Grace – The central insight of Lutheranism is that human interaction with God centers not in our achievement but in divine grace.  We are all sinners in need of God’s gracious forgiveness.
  • Faith – For Martin Luther and Lutherans faith means chiefly a trust of confidence in the God who makes promises.  Faith (trust in God) is the foundation of our relationship with God (not our good works).
  • Law & Gospel – Lutherans use these terms to clearly distinguish between God’s demands (law) and God’s gracious gifts and promises (Gospel of Jesus Christ).  While God’s demands are very important, they are not the basis of our salvation.  We are saved by God’s grace through our faith in that grace.

 

08/20/16