Simply Come As You Are

Children and youth are always welcome. When we state that ALL are welcome, we truly mean ALL are welcome. We are an authentic group of people who want to grow deeper in our faith.

Cross of Peace Lutheran Church is a causal, but traditional worship community. We have an eclectic and robust music style. In the same service we may sing from the hymnal, a song by Bob Dylan and something that may have played on the radio during your morning commute.

Our Mission

Welcoming ALL and sharing God’s love across the spectrum

As a community of the people of God, the members of Cross of Peace Lutheran Church are called to welcome ALL people regardless of age, economic status, ethnic background, gender, physical or mental ability, race or sexual orientation.

We affirm that that in Christ “this is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female” (Galatians 3:28).

Chris has made us one.

It is our responsibility to find ways to share God’s love in all it’s ways to all his people.

Our Values

An Inclusive & Welcoming Environment

With open hearts, we strive to provide a welcoming place for all to come together and learn, converse, worship, and experience God’s love without bias.  We offer a comfortable and safe place for families, guests, and long time friends to join together in the joyful celebration that is faith.

An Eagerness to Listen and Converse

With open minds, we believe in continuous learning and giving everyone a chance to be heard. Growth halts only when communication ceases. All thoughts and beliefs are welcomed in open dialogue, fostering growth and unity towards our spiritual journey.

An Extension into the Community

With open arms we continuously seek ways to serve our community, our fellow human, and our sustaining earth.  We understand that by addressing the everyday needs of individuals, we create the space and time for them to recognize and comprehend God’s love for them.  

A Progressive Approach

The world around us is constantly changing.  In order to continue to grow and spread the good news we have to be aware of these changes and adapt the way we communicate and connect with our congregation and the community around us.

Our Beliefs

As members of the Minneapolis Synod of the ELCA Cross of Peace welcomes all. The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.

Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.

Teaching for a life of faith

This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”

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