We extend Christ’s welcome to you to come worship with us at St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
Worship with us!
December 21 (Saturday) at 4 PM, Blue Christmas
December 24 (Tuesday) at 4 PM, In Light and Darkness: A Shadow Scene
Christmas, a 45 minute, family friendly service
December 24 (Tuesday) at 6 PM, Candlelight Christmas Eve
December 28 (Saturday) No service
December 29 (Sunday) at 10 AM, Lessons and Carols
Beginning Sept. 15th, our worship services will be Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.
Find out more about our services here.
This wonderful article by Pastor Stephanie Lape, Perspective: A pastor’s “rules” for worship, published in Living Lutheran Magazine, sums up our attitude about “church etiquette”: “Rules and requirements won’t save you, me or anyone. Salvation was—and is—a gift from the cross.”
“We are followers of Christ, sharing God’s love and blessings.”
We gather together not because we are perfect, but because we need to be fed with the Word and Sacrament so that we are strengthened to go out and try to be the body of Christ in the world. St. Thomas/Holy Spirit strives to serve the surrounding community. We seek to build relationships across boundaries that culture, society, and even we ourselves have built. It is our goal to be authentic in our callings as baptized children of God.
What We Believe
St. Thomas/Holy Spirit is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran body in the United States. We are a Christian denomination, meaning that we are Trinitarian (believing in one God in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and Christological (we believe that Jesus is the Messiah, fully human and fully divine, who died and rose for our salvation). With roots that grow down to the start of the Reformation in 1517, ELCA Lutherans stand firm with the basic tenets of Martin Luther’s teachings: grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone. We believe that there is nothing that we can do to achieve salvation, for salvation is accomplished by the grace of God alone. We believe that salvation is realized (not achieved) through our confident trust in God, who in Jesus the Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation. We believe that the Bible is the norm for faith and life, a standard by which teachings and doctrine should be judged. We hold to the three major creeds of the church, Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian. We also accept the confessional writings of the Book of Concord.
We celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and Eucharist. Baptism can be celebrated at any age; however, we believe that because baptism is an act of God, there is need for only one Christian baptism in a lifetime. When infants are baptized, the promises of baptism are made by parents, sponsors, and the congregation. As the child grows and is instructed in faith they are given the opportunity to affirm the promises made in Baptism for themselves, a rite of passage which we call Confirmation. If Baptism is done for an adult, the adult affirms his/her/their promises of faith at that time. Eucharist is also called Holy Communion. In the Eucharist, we believe that Jesus is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine. Christ’s table is open to all who believe and are gathered for worship.
We are an ecumenical body, meaning that we can share and join in worship with other denominations. All are welcome to fully participate in the life and service of the church.
For more information on what ELCA Lutherans believe, go to https://elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching
St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
3980 South Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63127
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