Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus...for it is God who is at work in you.
Philippians 2: 5-13
Pastoral care derives its name and nature from the meaning of shepherd and suggests the work of the shepherd with the flock. Pastoral Care is not just the responsibility of the pastor alone, but the entire congregation. The Pastoral Care Ministries at Christ Lutheran bring the church community to those who, in the short term, have become sick, have had a mishap, or have suffered a loss. They also assist long term situations where parishioners are no longer able to attend, worship, and pray with our Church community on a regular basis. In addition to our Pastors, Eucharistic Ministers bring the Sacrament of Holy Communion to the sick and home-bound, Stephen Ministers “walk” alongside persons who are experiencing a grief or loss and our Social Ministry Committee can provide meals and transportation when the need arises. Due to privacy laws, Christ Lutheran is not notified if a parishioner is hospitalized, home bound, or enters a health care facility. We must hear from the parishioner, family member, or friend if someone wishes the support of our pastoral care team. You may call the parish office at 717-367-2786
Holy Baptism Romans 6:3-11
Baptism is water used according to God’s command and connected to His Word. In this sacrament our heavenly Father liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are born children of a fallen humanity; in the waters of baptism we are re-born children of God and inheritors of eternal life. By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church which is the body of Christ.
Baptism is administered at any age and does not need to be repeated.
Adult candidates for baptism will be prepared through the Catechumenate process.
Parents of children to be baptized should be or become members of the congregation through Baptism, Affirmation of Baptism or Transfer from another congregation.
Confirmation Isaiah 11:1-2
Confirmation is a pastoral and educational ministry of the church which helps the baptized child through Word and Sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission. The of Confirmation is bestowed upon young persons who wish to affirm the promises made by their parents at Baptism. Confirmation will occur no earlier than the 9th grade year and is preceded by Christian Education. Confirmands must be able to speak the Apostle’s Creed and agree with its teaching. Preparation for Confirmation begins at baptism, when parents promise to faithfully bring their children to the services of God’s house, and teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments… place in their hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for their instruction in the Christian faith.
Marriage Genesis 2:18-24
Marriage is the God ordered mystery by which one man and one woman become one flesh. God created us male and female, that is different but complimentary, and through the gift of marriage established human community and the family. A covenant of faithfulness between a man and a woman is grounded in the steadfast love of God.
Marriage is a service of worship in which the invited guests are not mere spectators but participants in the service. It is a glad occasion overflowing with joy, and those who celebrate it rejoice in the gifts of God—life, health, strength, sexuality, the family—all that God, the creator declared from the beginning to be “very good.”
At least one of the couple should be an active member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.
A date and time should not be set without first consulting the Senior Pastor.
The pastor will agree to celebrate the marriage in the church when he has met with the couple and can, in good conscience, perform the rite under the Word of God. Meetings of preparation will precede the wedding. The pastor is not obligated by the Word of God to marry every couple
Anointing of the Sick James 5:14-16
Anointing of the Sick is a prayer of healing in which the pastor lays his hands on the head of the a seriously ill, injured or elderly person and anoints him/her with oil. Through this rite, people receive forgiveness for their sins and comfort in their suffering; they are restored in spirit; and sometimes they even experience the return of physical health. Suffering is a part of life, but Jesus unites our suffering with his passion and death so that through our suffering we can participate in his saving and healing work.
Anointing of the Sick sometimes occurs in a church as a community celebration or following a regularly scheduled Liturgy. More often, however, it takes place in homes, nursing homes and hospitals as the need arises.
If you or a loved one would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the pastor or parish office to arrange a time for one of the pastors to administer the rite.
Holy Communion 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Holy Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given through the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us to eat and drink. Admittance to the Lord’s Table is through Baptism only.
The words “given for you” and “shed for you… for the forgiveness of sin” show us that forgiveness of sin, life and salvation are given to us in the sacrament. Fasting and bodily preparation are in fact a good discipline, but a person who believes the words “given and shed for you… for the forgiveness of sin” is worthy and well prepared.
Confession & Forgiveness John 20:21-23
Confession consists of two parts. One is that we confess our sins. The other is that we receive the absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God himself. Before God one is to acknowledge the guilt for all sins, even those of which we are not aware. However, before the pastor we are to confess only those sins of which we are aware and which trouble us.
Those who wish to receive individual Confession and Forgiveness may come at announced times or schedule a time with the pastor.