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What We Believe

Peace Lutheran Church is part of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We believe in the Triune God—Father, Son, Holy Spirit—mysteriously three in one. God created and loves all creation. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life through resurrection, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in our lives and in this world.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death and resurrection God fashions a new creation. We teach that all people are sinners. A person is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. We live in the true freedom of Christian love and responsibility.

We believe that the canonical Scriptures of the First (Old) & Second (New) Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation, centering in Jesus Christ. Through them, God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world. The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God and the source and norm for proclamation, faith and life.

The Sacraments

We are nourished in our faith through the sacraments of baptism and communion. Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, by the power of the Spirit, comes to us through the reading of the Scriptures, the proclamation of preaching, the announcement of the forgiveness of sins, through Holy Communion, and in the gathered community. By the power of the Spirit active in Holy Baptism, this Word—Jesus Christ—washes people to be Christ’s own Body in the world.

Baptism is the means of grace by which God names and claims us as their very own. Through baptism, we become children of God and are given the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the water and the Word, God liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of Jesus. We are born fallen creatures, in bondage to sin, yet through baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life.​

 

Communion is the means of grace by which God forgives, restores, welcomes and builds community. More than merely a symbol, we believe that Christ is mysteriously present in, with, and under the bread and wine. At Peace Lutheran, we welcome all baptized Christians who believe that Jesus’ body is broken for you and that His blood is shed for you. Welcome to God's table!

SACRAMENS

Our Mission

Rooted in Christ's compassion, we strive to walk alongside and stand with the poor and powerless.

OUR MISSON

Our Values

Accompaniment - We believe that we are called to accompany and connect with our neighbors in service to God.

Compassion - We accept and affirm each person, reflecting the diversity of God's human creation, as our way of living into God's love and compassion.

Justice - We strive to be like Jesus by advocating for justice and fairness for all.

Encouragement - We encourage and support all believers and seekers to move forward with joy, hope, and gratitude to nurture our spirituality, accept God's gifts of love, grace, and forgiveness, and be a healing presence in this world.

OUR VALUS

Our Welcome

On Jan 26, 2020, also nationally designated as “Reconciling In Christ (RIC) Sunday,” the members of the congregation voted overwhelmingly to adopt the following welcome statement to the LGBTQIA+ community, their friends and allies:

In response to God’s unconditional love for all people, we at Peace Lutheran Church affirm that every person is a child of God. All believers and seekers regardless of your age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status, abilities or economic circumstance are a part of the body of Christ. We recognize that there are differences among us and believe that we can love alike even though we may not always think alike. We invite you to join us in our faith journey toward greater love and understanding.

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations and ministry communities who have made a public commitment to welcome, include and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people. By having a statement affirming this welcome that specifically names either, “LGBTQIA+ people” or “people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions” in their statement, these faith communities are accepted into the Reconciling in Christ partnership with ReconcilingWorks. There are now around 930 RIC Partners throughout the United States and Canada. (Source: https://www.reconcilingworks.org/ric/)

OUR WELCOME

Land Acknowledgement

Peace Lutheran Church is located on the original and ancestral homelands of the Piscataway peoples, and we give thanks for their presence here since time immemorial. We also wish to recognize and honor all our indigenous siblings who have and continue to call this land their home.

You can discover the names of the native people who lived where you live now, by going to:  https://native-land.ca/.

Learn more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery here

 

Piscataway means "the people where the river bend," and you can learn more about the first peoples and Piscataway tribe of Southern Maryland here.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Reach Beyond

We were not created to live our lives alone, but to form meaningful relationships in community with others.

 

Faith doesn't happen overnight. The Holy Spirit plants and waters the seed of faith deep inside us, allowing God to build faith within us.
 

The Church doesn't exist for its members. Instead, the Body of Christ exists to extend beyond our own walls, seeking and finding individuals who are lost and in need of support, care, and nurturing as a community. At Peace Lutheran, we are all about bringing people together to experience Jesus Christ and his liberating message.

You have a place here at Peace Lutheran Church!

REACH BEYOND
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