It is vital to the community of Hope Lutheran that we remain relevant and integrated into our community. It is equally vital for us to live a life that represents our faith that offers hope and welcome to everyone we meet.
Our congregation has agreed upon the following to guide us on our best day and to redirect and encourage us on our worst.
Our mission at Hope Lutheran Church in Riverside, CA is to:
Live into the ideal that Jesus leads us.
To welcome and respect all people,
To grow in our whole being as gospel ministers,
To equip children for life in the Christian heritage,
To serve human needs in our community,
And to worship God in word, in song, and in life.
Where ever you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. We are not a perfect church or people, but we are a place perfect for real people. We recognize we are called into relationship with one another in a way that lifts others up as precious children of God.
All people are welcomed and affirmed here . Welcome to Hope.
Hope Lutheran is a congregation of the E.L.C.A. or Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and more locally, the Pacifica Synod of the E.L.C.A.
Regardless of age, skin color, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or status in life, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America welcome you to join this community of faith. If you’re unfamiliar with our church, some of what you learn may surprise you.
The ELCA is an engaged, active body of people who put faith in God into action — in millions of ways, all over the world. Join us!
Here are some details about the E.L.C.A., and we invite you to learn more at the Elca.org website.
The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.
Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions
The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.
Teaching for a life of faith
This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”