Water of Life

About Us

We Believe

As a member congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we respond to the love of God the Holy Trinity and try to share that love with "...all who are thirsty...." The essential elements of Christian Faith are summarized in the Apostles' Creed: God the Father is creator of all that exists. God the Son is Jesus Christ who became human to live, suffer, and die for the sins of all people and to rise again in victory over death and the devil. God the Holy Spirit brings us into a relationship with Jesus using the Word and Sacraments (See, below).

Our Faith and spirituality are grounded in three texts and three events that are each drawn from the Bible. The texts are the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. The events are Baptism, Absolution, and Holy Communion. In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther explains these texts and events and their impact on the everyday life of people trying to follow Jesus.

The Ten Commandments

  1. You shall have no other gods.
  2. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
  3. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not murder.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (See, Exodus 20:3-17.)

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. (See, Genesis 1:1.)

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. (See, Luke 1:35; Mark 15; 1 Peter 3:18-19; Matthew 28:1-10; Acts 1:6-11; Mark 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:1.)

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. (See, Acts 2:1-4; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; John 3:16; 1 John 3:16.)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. (See, Matthew 6:9-13.)


Baptism is the one-time event of bathing with water, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one who repents of their sins confessing faith in Jesus. By the power of his Word in Baptism, God forgives sins and unites people with Jesus through the water filling them with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is also given to infants and young children through Baptism even though their repentance and confession of faith are verbally spoken by sponsors who, with the child’s parents, pledge to raise the child as a follower of Jesus. (See, Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:20; Psalm 22:9-10; Luke 5:20; John 6:63.)


Absolution is the ongoing event of declaring God’s forgiveness of our sins for Jesus' sake when we confess them. Trusting God’s Word of Absolution helps us walk in, and renew our identity as baptized people living in union with Jesus. (See, John 20:21-23; 1 John 1:8-9.)

Holy Communion

Holy Communion is the ongoing event of eating and drinking the true body and blood of Jesus, which are given and shed for us for the forgiveness of sins. By sharing this meal of bread and wine, we remember and proclaim Jesus’ death until he comes again. (See, Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.)

What Does this Mean?

Our life is a relationship with God the Holy Trinity through faith in Jesus. This faith is both given and nurtured in us by the Holy Spirit through these three texts from the Word of God and three events called Sacraments.

The Word of God

God’s Law, the Ten Commandments, shows us our sins and provides a guide to God’s will for our daily living. The Creed proclaims to us the good news (Gospel) of what God has done for us through Jesus. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus invites us to call on our Father, asking him to make the forgiveness of sins Jesus won for us real in our lives.

The Sacraments

God forgives our sins and grants us eternal life and salvation for Jesus’ sake in Baptism and every time our Baptism is renewed through confession and Absolution. God grants us forgiveness, eternal life, and salvation every time we eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus in Holy Communion.