It's a pleasure and a joy to be able to welcome you to the
ministries of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church here in Lindsborg,
KS. Our names say it all.
We are a church, a group of friends and acquaintances who gather
around God's Word and the sacraments as we encourage each other
toward love and good deeds. We enjoy fellowship with all Christians
in the world whom the Holy Spirit calls, enlightens and keeps in the
We are Lutheran. We take the insights and decisions made by the
Lutheran reformers of the 16th century seriously, especially their
convictions that the last theological court of appeal is the
Scriptures, that we are only saved by the grace of God as shown to
us in the crucified Jesus and only through the faith that God
himself creates in us. As the Reformers we think that this good news
is so important that we seek to communicate it in excellent and
understandable ways, including preaching, teaching, discussion and
We are Evangelical. The main thing is the gospel. The precursor
to the gospel is the Law. In grace, God has given us the Law to keep
order, to reveal to us our sinfulness and to train us in the ways he
wants to go. But when we know our sin, God offers us the gospel; the
good news that in spite of our sin, God welcomes us to be his
children and to live with him as a family forever. That's the focus
of what we do - reminding, encouraging and teaching each other that
the God of Jesus is a gracious God that welcomes all sinners through
the blood of Jesus.
We love and honor the Messiah. We live in a community that has
celebrated and sung a particular piece of music every year since
1882. And in turn that music celebrates the birth of a Savior,
Jesus, who came to live among us and die for us and lives today as
the only Savior and Lord. As we gather around him, we welcome all
others to enjoy the same Lord.
So our congregation is Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. But
we are one thing more - a collection of individuals with questions,
doubts, sins, vocations, aptitudes etc. What binds us together is
our center in the Messiah, Jesus.
Whether you are in Lindsborg for a day or for a lifetime, join us
as we gather together to celebrate him!
- Pastor Dean Apel, Ph.D.