As a Lutheran parish, St Mark shares a history with other Lutheran churches that stretches back nearly 500 years. Lutherans look back to Martin Luther, a German monk who helped lead the Reformation of the church in the sixteenth century. Luther emphasized the priesthood of all believers and their direct relationship to God, the sole authority of revelation and the gift of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.
As Lutherans we believe that Jesus Christ is the fullness of God’s revelation to us and provides salvation for all of humankind through his death, burial, and resurrection. Those who believe in him have a personal relationship with God and receive the adoption of sonship through Christ as the eternal Son of God. The Scripture helps in providing the believer with specific insight into a relationship to God as it bears witness to Christ, the living Word of God. As Lutherans and disciples of Christ, we are called to spread the good news of this vital relationship with God to the world through preaching the message of salvation and performing works of Christ-like service. Those who believe in Christ are saved through divine grace unto a life of service in the church and the community at large.