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Do you have questions about what Epiphany people believe? Wonder how best to get to know Epiphany? Even want to know what you should wear?

We've compiled a short list of questions frequently asked about Epiphany. We invite you to visit us to find out more. We're open to whatever you'd like to ask.

What does it mean to be Lutheran?
Can I take communion if I'm not baptized?
Do I have to be baptized?
Is there a "dress code" for worship?
What's the best way for me to connect at Epiphany?
Why is giving so important to belonging to a church?
Can I have my child baptized at Epiphany?
Why do you have such a focus on serving Haiti?
Can I go on a mission trip to Haiti?
Can other groups use the church for meetings?

What does it mean to be Lutheran?
Epiphany Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , the largest Lutheran body in the United States. The worldwide collection of church bodies that make up the Lutheran World Federation constitutes the largest non-Roman Catholic Christian movement in the world.

The Lutheran movement has its roots in the Reformation dating to the 16th century. Dr. Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and professor at Wittenberg University in Germany, set off a cultural firestorm that changed the face of the Western World when on October 31, 1517, he nailed his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church. These theses were a scathing attack on organized religion, corruption within the church, and the distorted picture of God that the church had created.

At Epiphany, “being Lutheran” is better understood as a verb than as a noun. Rather than "Lutheran" being a description about belonging to a church body, it is a way of living out the gospel of Jesus Christ. Essential to being Lutheran are the following:

  • Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is the grounding of all that we are, the good news we proclaim, and the hope for the world.
  • Our standing with God is by grace alone. We cannot earn God’s favor by our works. We live by God’s extravagant grace in that God overcomes everything that might work to separate us from God, including our own sin and brokenness. Being Lutheran means that we do not judge anyone. All are fully welcome in our life together.
  • Worship is the defining activity of the church. Great music is part of being Lutheran. As Luther once said, “Why must the Devil always have all the good music?”
  • Baptism and Holy Communion are open to all, no exclusions.
  • All people have a stake and place in the church as full participants. This is the true meaning of being liturgical. Luther called it “the priesthood of all believers.”
  • The Bible is the authoritative source and norm for all that we proclaim and teach; thus, the Reformation claim, sola scriptura.

 

Being Lutheran places us among a worldwide movement that excels in:

  • outreach to the poor and suffering;
  • getting food in the hands of the hungry, wherever they may be in the world;
  • providing social services as the largest such provider in the world; and,
  • bringing all of Christianity together as a catalyst for ecumenical partnership and mutual respect and recognition.

 

Can I take communion if I'm not baptized?

Yes. God’s table of grace welcomes all.

 

Do I have to be baptized?

Baptism is the initiation rite that unites us to the life of Jesus and his church, the Body of Christ. We baptize infants as the fullest visible statement that our life in Christ is by grace alone – God’s decision for us and not our decision for God.

 

Is there a "dress code" for worship?

No, there's not a certain way or type of dress required for worship. All people are welcomed by God and by Epiphany.

 

What's the best way for me to connect at Epiphany?

Come! Worship with us! Participate in one of our ministries. Join one of our small groups.

 

Why is giving so important to belonging to a church?

Generous giving is essential to our formation into persons who live hopefully, joyfully, and thankfully. It is the first and foremost expression of gratitude and hope in a future. In a world with messages that would cause us to live in fear, generous giving is an act of faith. Little wonder that Jesus spoke more about money, our relationship to it, and our stewardship of it than about any other issue in the Bible.

Giving also is how we together provide the financial fuel needed for Epiphany to reach out, raise up, and change the world through the light of the living Christ. We all need to do our part. We also recognize that tough economic times make giving problematic for some. Remember that we live by grace.

 

Can I have my child baptized at Epiphany?

Yes, if there is a desire to be a part of our life together. Please contact the church office for more information.

 

Why do you have such a focus on serving Haiti?

God has placed the people of Haiti in front of us and has called us to invest in providing a future of hope, sustainability, and dignity for the children of Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and, by many standards of measurement, may be the most desperate place on earth. We cannot save the whole world, but we can focus on one aspect of it, and by our focused approach change lives there and among ourselves.

Our ministry to Haiti is not charity but is a grassroots long-term relationship-based partnership. By walking with our partners in Haiti, we have benefited more than perhaps they have. Our relationship with Haiti has brought new vision to our youth in our congregation and opened them up to service to the world.

Our Haitian partners have been the best teachers and role models for us about faith in a God for whom all things are possible. As we say often at Epiphany, “God works very fast on us in Haiti.”

The scriptures tell us that God loves all people but that God loves the poor the most. We love God by loving whom God loves. By walking with the poor in Haiti, we are actually walking with Christ. Jesus was clear in his teaching, “Whenever you did it to the least of these my children, you did it to me” (Matthew 25).

 

Can I go on a mission trip to Haiti?

Yes. Contact juliesutton@htflive.org.

 

Can other groups use the church for meetings?

Yes! We're delighted to have groups in the community gather at Epiphany. If you have a specific date in mind, check our calendar to be sure we're not already booked. Then complete a facility use request and someone from the church office will be in touch with you about availability and guidelines for using our facility.

 

Last Published: July 12, 2017 4:57 PM