Article VII: Of the Church (from the Augsburg Confession)
Also they teach that one holy Church is to continue forever. The Church is the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered. And to the true unity of the Church it is enough to agree concerning the doctrine of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments. Nor is it necessary that human traditions, that is, rites or ceremonies, instituted by men, should be everywhere alike. As Paul says: One faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, etc. Eph. 4:5-6.
This July, Messiah is celebrating our freedom in Christ and the unity of his universal church. We’ll be making a joyful noise along with our friends from All Souls Episcopal with special worship opportunities that include pulpit exchanges, special music and fellowship. We’ll gather together all July at 9:30 am. It is just one way of our living out the full communion agreement of the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, “Called to Common Mission.”
The understanding that we are one church united in Christ even amidst differences is a legacy of our Lutheran heritage starting with the Augsburg Confession delivered on 25 June 1530. The ELCA was itself created out of denominational mergers and partnerships over time. We remain part of the Lutheran World Federation and thus fully engaged in ongoing ecumenical discussions with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christians.
We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate what it means to be one in Christ’s universal church. You just might have fun while learning a thing or too! A complete listing of these events and more is included in the month’s Messenger. Please click the link below: