St. Anne’s: Welcome, Worship, and Witness to Jesus Christ
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God… – Ephesians 2:8
St Anne’s Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain (LCiGB*)
We believe in the God-given human dignity of all people, rejoicing in the diversity of God’s creation. With openness of heart and spirit, we welcome all.
We welcome each other as worshippers and servants of Christ. – all of us children of God.
We believe that we are saved by the grace of God, an unlimited and unconditional gift of love.
We invite and welcome all to share with us the sacrament of peace and reconciliation at the Lord’s Table and hear the Good News!
To welcome, worship, and witness to Jesus Christ.
When we say “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16), we mean the WHOLE world. Whether you are black or white or somewhere in-between, whether you are old or young, married or divorced or looking for love, pious or irreverent, straight or gay, whether you are secure in your faith or you’re just asking questions, you are welcome here.
Welcome doesn’t just involve “acceptance,” but affirmation and action. Jesus tells of a shepherd who leaves his flock of 99 to look for just one lost sheep. We believe we are the 99, but that we are not complete until we get to 100, until everyone is truly welcome. That means we take it seriously to examine what it means to be accessible to people from all walks of life and all levels of ability.
Every Sunday, we gather together from all over London with song and prayer. We hear the Word of God in scripture, preaching, and song. We share in the special meal of the Lord’s Supper, forgiving our sin and making us one in Christ. Then, we are sent out into the world, fed by Word and bread and wine to do justice and live humbly. Worship isn’t just a meal: it’s food for the road. Worship should be beautiful, and it should reflect who we are. Worship is the heart of what we do, and we invite others into the worship of the risen Christ.
St. Anne’s isn’t just a church for Sundays, and our faith doesn’t stop at the door. At St. Anne’s, our mission is to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. One of the ways the whole Christian church describes itself is as the “body of Christ.” This means, we tell others the good news with the mouth of Christ, speaking up for the poor and declaring God’s love. This means we help others with the hands of Christ, feeding others just as Christ fed us. This means we travel with the feet of Christ, learning about this world and spreading the Gospel wherever we go.
St. Anne’s is Lutheran, and we remember our heritage. This does not mean that we are rigid or stale, but rather we preserve the radical idea that we are completely and truly free in God’s grace. We keep and study the Lutheran Confessions and nurture our ecumenical relationships, true to the belief that the church is wherever the Gospel is taught and the Sacraments administered. We also value our inter-lutheran relationships through the Lutheran Church in Great Britain, the Council of Lutheranr Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, and the Porvoo Communion.
Just as above, we are committed to welcoming others. We are actively reaching out to our community and making sure people know how to find us. Once in the door, we offer a non-judgmental, casual environment in which one can experience God as they truly are. We commit ourselves to be amazed at the amazingly diverse community that God created in Christ Jesus.
We believe that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone. However, as a happy symptom of that faith, we follow Jesus’ example and his commandments in loving and serving our neighbour. We gather around our table in love and service, and we invite others. Our music ministry and partnership with Music-at-Hill provide the City of London with a rich musical tradition rooted in many Lutheran values.
Creativity should be St. Anne’s middle name. Of course, “St. Anne’s Creativity Lutheran Church,” is a bit cumbersome, but it would capture who we are. While we celebrate our heritage, we are happy to try new things. We believe that God is constantly in the world, creating each new day. We may be a church of the reformation, but we didn’t stop reforming in the 16th century!
God has given us so much, and we are committed to using God’s gifts wisely. St. Anne’s is a community that cares for itself through good governance and generous giving. We care for our environment in prayer and action.
Won’t you join us in our mission?