St. Michael Lutheran Church

118 State Street Harrisburg PA 17101-1024

 

Mission

Called and empowered by Word and Sacrament and shaped by diverse traditions, we gather as a community of believers in Jesus Christ. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we proclaim faith in our crucified and risen Lord and Savior.

Our mission in this time and place is to invite all people to share our faith in Jesus Christ. Our responsibility includes ministering to the needs and concerns of this parish and those of our neighbors in the urban community.

We believe that is is essential for all who are committed to this mission to participate actively in worship, prayer, education and congregational life.  We are called to celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ through the stewardship of our time, talents and gifts.

Welcome

 If you are of different skin color and heritage than we are, you are welcome here.

 If you suffer from addictions to drugs or alcohol (whether you are recovering or not), you and your family are welcome here.

 If you are a woman or a child, you are welcome here, and you will not be harassed or abused.

 If you want to bring children to worship, you are welcome here.

 If you are single by choice, by divorce, or through the death of a spouse, you are welcome here.

 If you are promiscuous, have had an abortion, or have fathered children and taken no responsibility for them, you are welcome here.

 If you are a gossip, a cheat, or a liar, you and your family are welcome here.

 If you are disobedient to your parents or have family problems, you are welcome here.

 If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you and your family are welcome here. We are a Reconciling in Christ church.

 If you are young or old, rich or poor, whole or broken, you are welcome here.

 If you are a sinner, like our neighbors, and us you are welcome here.

We take seriously the Apostle Paul's statement, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

We know "we are justified by the grace of God, which is a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 3:20)

We offer you welcome here because we believe that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly." (Romans 5:8) Christ did not die for us because we showed signs of "getting it all together," but because he loved and still loves us although we are sinners.

We-as sinful people-will not always be as quick to welcome, as we should be. We pray that God may give us the grace to welcome and forgive one another as Christ has welcomed and forgiven us. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to die for it." (John 3:16)

We want our community to know these things.

You are welcome here with us.