Our Beliefs & Values

The mission of Trinity Lutheran Church is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ by:

  1. Providing a Christian environment which enhances the active participation of all members in worship, education and fellowship.

  2. Responding with Christian love, care and support both in our congregation and in our community.

  3. Inviting and encouraging all those to whom we minister to share in this mission.

 

Jesus said, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ”

Matthew 22:37-39

We are...

A local ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, a branch of Protestant

Christianity that follows the teachings of reformer Martin Luther.

Christians

We are Christians. In Jesus Christ, God has reconciled us to God and to each other. As we gather around word and sacraments, this life in Christ is what defines, shapes and guides us as a community of faith, the church. 

Lutherans

We follow the teachings of reformer Martin Luther and are affiliated with the NJ Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We strive to be the body of Christ at work in the world today, paying special attention to the

needs of our own members and of the community that surrounds us.

We welcome...

We, the people of Trinity Lutheran Church, welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace, the fellowship of others, or a brief rest.  We welcome all regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, relationship status, immigration status or political affiliation.  We lovingly welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socioeconomic status, church affiliation, no prior church experience, or anything that too often divides us.  Our unity is in the delight of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

As an RIC congregation, welcoming you is central to our understanding of what it means to be a church. For more on what RIC is and how we are living out our welcome of all God's children click here.

We believe in...

Holy Trinity

As a congregation in the ELCA, we confess the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Word of God

We  trust the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with the Scriptures of the Bible; the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord.

Two Sacraments

We believe in the two holy sacraments of baptism and eucharist and believe God offers eternal salvation and forgiveness of sins to those who receive these sacraments. All who are baptized are welcome to receive communion.

We value...

Music

We embrace music as a way to communicate with God and one another. Through music, we rejoice, we confess, we celebrate, and we mourn.

Discipleship

We take our status as disciples seriously and show our thanks to God through service to the church, community and world.

Worship

Through worship we read God's word, repent our sins, hear the promise of forgiveness,  and receive the sacraments. Learn more about our worship service.

Faithfulness

Rooted and nurtured in relationship with God through Word and Sacrament, we follow Jesus for the sake of the world.

Stewardship

As faithful stewards we use the resources God has entrusted to us with care and accountability to God, to each other and those served by this congregation.

Forgiveness & Reconciliation

We are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. The forgiveness we receive from God we seek to give to the world.

Senior Citizens

We actively reach out to and serve senior citizens in our area. We hold worship services at the Merry Heart Nursing Home and events for the residents of the John J Rich Senior Apartments.

Community

We love God and one another. As a congregation, we look out for and support one another. As a part of the community, we show that same support to all community members by serving and giving

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