As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the people of Hosanna Lutheran Church share with all Christians a worldwide community of faith. Through Christ, we are united with other Christians.
As Christians, we believe that Christ lives among us today by the power of God's Spirit, present when the Good News is preached and the sacraments—baptism and communion—are administered.
As Christians we are called to live our lives in service to the world. Through acts of love and justice, worship and witness, we share God's boundless love. We recognize a wide fellowship of churches and we work alongside them in ministry and service, both in the United States and around the world.
To define it simply, Christianity is one of three major monotheistic religions. Christians believe in Jesus Christ and follow his teachings. We believe Jesus is God's own son, sent by God to become human. As the son of God, Jesus is divine, but he was also a human being who lived among us on earth, over 2,000 years ago. Followers of Jesus are part of God's people, whose heritage includes the Jewish people and the Christian Church throughout the world today.
As a person, Jesus of Nazareth was a Jew who lived in Israel under Roman rule in a province the Romans called Palestine. He
travelled around the region with his disciples, teaching about God and spreading a message of God's love, peace, hope and forgiveness. He healed the sick, fed the hungry and spoke out against injustice. He gathered many followers who were passionate about his teachings. As his following grew, some of the religious leaders became increasingly distrustful and
angry with him, until he was arrested, tried, sentenced to death and finally executed on a cross.
But death did not contain him. On the third day after his crucifixion, the day Christians call Easter, Jesus appeared among his followers as the risen, living Lord. He continued to teach, spreading the Good News, sharing the story of his life and resurrection to people for forty days before returning to heaven. His story and teachings are related in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the four books that open the New Testament portion of the Bible.
Has it been a long time since you've been to church, or never been? Are you new to the area and looking for a church? Are you apprehensive, not knowing what to do, how to act, or what to say?
Don't worry. Chances are others are in a similar place in their journey, and the people of Hosanna are committed to helping you feel welcome. Come give us a try. More importantly, connect with the one who gave himself for YOU.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16).