How do Lutherans relate to other Christians, and to non-Christians?

As Lutheran services are conducted in many different languages, cultures and countries, there are inevitably variations in expressions and styles of worship. Generally, however, Lutheran services are in the 'catholic' tradition, following the ancient liturgies and observing historic usage. Music has always been an important part of Lutheran worship - services are often sung and instrumental music is common. There have been many great Lutheran composers who wrote prolifically for their churches - perhaps Bach and Mendelssohn are the best known.
Christ Risen Lutheran Church [along with Our Saviour Lutheran Church (Ottawa) and many other Canadian Lutheran churches] is a member of Lutheran Church - Canada, a fellowship comprised of congregations, pastors, and deacons committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our confessions and practices are based on the foundation of God's Word in Jesus Christ, God's only Son. In more than 325 congregations, from British Columbia to New Brunswick, this message is proclaimed in word and action, reaching outward beyond the walls of the church sanctuary into communities and neighbourhoods of towns, cities and villages across Canada.

On a global level, the Lutheran church has been engaged in productive discussions for many years with the Roman Catholic Church, which has helped the two churches to deepen their understanding and appreciation of each other.

The Lutheran Church, responding to God's grace and guided by His Word, acts with genuine care and concern towards all people as we search for those who are separated from the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With an intent and purpose of reaching the hearts of everyone, the church is commissioned to carry Christ's message of salvation to all regions of the world, binding all together so that all persons may grow toward spiritual maturity.

In these and many other ways, Lutherans strive for reconciled diversity in the one body of Christ, always carrying His message of salvation to people everywhere.
 
acknowledgments:
In preparing this section, we would like to recognize, and "give thanks to", the many diverse lutheran churches and church organizations that provided information used or quoted in OUR BELIEFS, including: the leaflet "Introducing the Lutheran Church in Great Britain", the website for St. Columbia Lutheran Church in Glascow, Scotland, and the websites for Lutheran Church - Canada and Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. As well, appreciation is extended to various (and numerous) other Lutheran congregations that either inspired or indirectly contributed ideas, sentences or statements presented in this section.


Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
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