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  • What do you confess as a church?
    Abiding Word Lutheran Church confesses that God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We confess that we are all born into sin without hope of clearing our name or sin. Our name can only be cleared by the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and His work. To see what we confess you can check out our Confession page, or contact us.
  • What are your bylaws?
    Our bylaws can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Abiding Word Lutheran Church Bylaws
  • Do you have Sunday School or Children's School?
    Children's Sunday School starts at 9:00 AM and ends 9:45 AM
  • Can I view worship online?
    Absolutely! Consider the online worship service as a means or instrument to use on certain occasion such as illness, travel, pandemics, and weather. We encourage one to come and join the congregation in the house of the Lord to receive communion in person and to commune with the community as declared in scripture. Online service should be used minimally. We understand those who are no longer in the area, or cannot be here in person.
  • When is worship?
    Currently, we have one worship service starting at 10 AM and runs about 1 hour. Every Sunday we have communion and receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ together. On the fifth Sunday of the month, we serve breakfast from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM before service. For more information, you can click on Worship Times to see scrolling information. Sundays: 1st through 4th Sundays: 09:00 AM - 9:45 AM CST Coffee and gathering 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST Divine Service 5th Sunday: 09:00 AM - 9:45 AM CST Breakfast 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST Service
  • What is worship?
    Worship is a time set apart in the week by the Third Commandment – Keep the Sabbath Day holy – is a time to make you holy before the God the Father. Worship means setting apart, cleaning, and bringing you before God the Father through His teachings and sacraments. He brings us into righteousness through His body, blood, and words. We treasure this Word and learn of it. In other words, Worship is not something we do for God, but what God does for us and has finished the redemption. We trust in His words given by Christ when He tells us, “There is nothing for you to do to be saved; it is a gift given to you.” Indeed, the first part of Worship is “worth – meaning being shaped, bent towards, or the opposite of (sin).” In Worship, you are cleansed before the Lord. Worship, therefore, is purification of a sinner.
  • What is Divine Service?
    Divine Service is set apart from normal worship. During Divine Worship, we commune together around God's body and blood. Christ instituted the last supper for all who believe and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We come together to ask forgiveness and receive the Supper in repentance of our sins for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus declares that the bread and wine is His flesh and blood, given for you. During this time with the disciples, He gives the last will in testimony. The breaking of the bread and passing the cup is like the signature on the will. Upon His death, the will is enacted, and you are saved. The body and blood of our Lord and Savior strengthens you with faith that is His. You can read all the references of the last supper here. To read our confession on the Sacrament of the Altar (communion) you can read it in the Small Catechism of the Book of Concord. As stated in John 6:56 by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, "Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him."
  • Do you practice closed communion, close communion, or open communion?
    Abiding Word Lutheran Church has open communion for those that are baptized and instructed according to our constitution. Things to consider before receiving: Do you believe that Christ is giving you His body and blood, and the supper is not just a symbol? Do you believe you are a sinner? Do you believe Christ alone shed His blood for you? Do you believe that receiving His Body and Blood for the forgiveness of your sins? Do you confess your sins and ask for repentance? Are you baptized? If you can answer yes to all these questions, you are certainly welcome. If you cannot answer yes to these questions, you are still able to come to the table but know that you are doing so not in Christ, but at your own bound conscience. We would also ask that you speak with the pastor prior the Divine Service or after to understand God's provisions. If you are baptized and received classes on communion and what it means for YOU, you are welcome to receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. If you haven't been baptized or instructed what communion means for YOU, you can visit with the pastor. The pastor is more than willing to speak with you and to guide you. If my church body does not allow me to commune with other churches, am I still welcome? If you are from a church body that does not practice open communion and does not want you to commune outside your church body, we will respect your wishes if you want only a blessing. If you are from a church body that does not practice open communion does not want you to commune outside your church body, we will respect your wishes if you want only a blessing. You can come forward to receive a blessing. Can I receive communion if I do not believe or confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Abiding Word Lutheran Church advises that you believe and confess, be baptized, and have instruction so you understand what communion is for. If you do not confess or believe, then understand that you are taking the body and blood of Jesus Christ to your own peril. By abstaining from communion if you do not believe, we recognize that it is better for your health and well being.
  • Do you do corporate confession of sins?
    In the liturgy, we confess our sins and faith in front of one another. We confess our sins and ask God to have mercy on us when we turn from Him. Confession in front of one another allows us to see each other's hurts and ailments. If you desire to be more specific about your sins, you are able to meet with the pastor for private confessions. This practice is encouraged. Upon confessing together of sin that we know and sin that we do not know, the pastor gives forgiveness on behalf of God. After all, it is God that asks us to confess so that you are able to receive forgiveness of sins. Because forgiveness is in God's words, the pastor speaks in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The forgiveness of sins is given to Christians to forgive fellow brethren as found in John 20:22-23 "22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” and Matthew 16:19 "19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” The Office of the Keys is important for all Christians to receive the mercy of Jesus Christ. More resources on sin and forgiveness: Art. IV (II): Of Justification Art. XI: Of Confession Art. XIIa (V): Of Repentance Art. XIIb (VI): Of Confession and Satisfaction
  • Do you say the creeds?
    Yes. Here at Abiding Word Lutheran Church we confess what we believe through the creeds. Some church denominations call the creeds man made and no biblical basis. The lines of the creeds take teachings from scripture and allows us to echo our belief in front of one another. The creeds are very useful to teach us about our faith as we say them, confess to one another, and openly state our position in the church. We do not believe that confessing or reciting the creed buys us time or saves us from death, nor do we confess that we can earn our way into Heaven.
  • What do you confess about sin and sainthood?
    Abiding Word Lutheran confesses “simul justus et peccator” meaning that we are simultaneously just and sinner. We as sinners cannot achieve sainthood through our works. Jesus Christ places his robe of righteousness on us to cover our sin so that we acquire salvation by the robe alone. We find ourselves struggling to do what is right, but we struggle most with trying to be righteous by our hands, knowledge, and acceptance. None of these are attainable because of our fallen and tainted hearts. However, because one is saved by grace alone through faith alone, "simul justus et peccator” does not give permission to sin knowing that you are saved by His grace. One who believes in such a manner, denies Christ and has no faith. Resources: Art. II: Of Original Sin Article I: Of Sin
  • Can I be baptized even though I am not a member of Abiding Word Lutheran Church?
    Absolutely! You are able to be baptized here at Abiding Word Lutheran Church. Baptism is not only water, but the Word of God and promise spoken to the individual. We baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at Abiding Word Lutheran Church. We confess that baptism now saves you, as stated in 1 Peter 3:22. 1 Peter 3:21. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. We also confess in baptism that you are indeed put to death with Jesus Christ and risen with him in a new life found in Romans 6:3-4. Romans 6:3-4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Things to consider: We baptize infants at Abiding Word Lutheran Church but request a meeting with the parents prior the baptism. We want to make sure the parents who are bringing the child to the font understand their role as parents in the baptism. If you are an adult and asking for a baptism, we do ask that you meet with the pastor to understand what baptism is and what it means for YOU!
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