Welcome to Our Savior Lutheran Church
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!
St. Paul once laid it out for us very clearly, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20) The foundation of our faith is Christ and Him crucified. On that Good Friday, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Easter is the Father’s “Amen” to Jesus’ declaration. We are all now freely justified, that is “declared righteous” in God’s eyes. And along with that declaration, we have the promise of eternal life, both body and soul, in paradise.
Our Savior, Jesus, died for all people so that all could enter His paradise. This certainly includes those with disabilities or handicaps. They are precious to Him, purchased from sin and death by His own blood. On April 6th, the voters of Our Savior Lutheran Church committed to beginning a Jesus Cares Ministry program. The main focus of our initial work in this program will be to hold a worship service designed to help the intellectually disabled hear about their Jesus in ways that best fit their cognitive and learning abilities.
The Divine Service incorporates a multi-sensory (seeing, hearing, moving, speaking/singing, etc.) experience so that those who participate will not only learn about their Savior but grow in their knowledge of Him and what He has done and is still doing for them. Throughout the service there will be opportunities for the participants to be actively engaged responding, singing, joining in the music, making prayer requests, and so on. The service structure will change very little from month to month, allowing the constant repetition to teach the participants the Christian faith. (You can find out more at http://www.tlha.org/jesus-cares-ministries/.) After each service, we plan to offer a time of fellowship with appropriate snacks.
At this time, we plan on meeting once per month (but if there is enough desire we might increase the frequency). Later, if there is interest, we might consider beginning a Bible Study as well.
To learn more about this program or indicate your interest, please contact Pastor Gullixson (contact information is to the right of your screen).