A History of Believers
Golden Valley Lutheran Church
This congregation is a worshipping, learning, witnessing, and serving community of baptized persons among whom the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments are administered according to the Gospel, and whose corporate existence is recognized by the Canadian Association of Lutheran Congregations. It shall provide support to enable the fulfillment of the mission and ministry of this church.
This congregation, remembering God’s mighty acts in the past, celebrating His abiding presence, and moving toward His promised fulfillment, will: listen to the Word of God in Scripture and preaching, receive the Sacraments, and respond with confession, prayer, praise, and thanksgiving; and with tithes and offerings. In order to assist members to acknowledge God’s rule over their lives, their own unity as Christ’s body on earth, and to express their relationship with God in public and in private, the congregation shall gather for worship regularly and, in accordance with the traditions of the Lutheran Church, recruit, equip, and support members for leadership in worship, use appropriate worship materials, and make certain that worship has a central place in all aspects of the congregation.
The congregation shall develop an educational program designed to assist persons to grow in grace and faith, and in the knowledge of the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions for service and witness in the world.
This congregation, relying on the Holy Spirit, shall proclaim the Gospel by word and deed, and thereby invite all people to repent and believe. The congregation shall recruit, motivate, equip, and support its members to witness to their faith at every opportunity in daily life so that the Lord is glorified, the fellowship is strengthened, the lapsed are restored, and new members are added to the congregation. It shall provide for the communication of the Gospel through fellowship in the wider Christian community. It shall assure that all congregational functions witness to the faith of the church.
This congregation shall live by faith active in love. It shall motivate, equip, and support its members to minister in daily life, to participate as members of a caring community, and to serve as Christians in all the institutions and structures of the society of which they are a part. It shall individually and corporately promote justice and reconciliation, condemn and reject racism in all its forms, meet human needs, and alleviate suffering. In these efforts the congregation shall co-operate with the Canadian Association of Lutheran Congregations, other Christian churches, and other groups in society. It shall make certain that all its functions strengthen the motivation and ability for service.
This congregation in faithfulness to God shall provide leadership, organizational structures, facilities, and funds to enable fulfillment of its functions. The congregation shall strive to: maintain effective stewardship practices, evaluate regularly the total life and ministry of the congregation, and recruit, equip, and support members of the congregation to provide for these activities.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life. We believe there is one God eternally existent in three distinct persons in one divine essence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We accept the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice.