Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

When you pray, do you pray to God, or to God the Father, or to God the Son, or to God the Holy Spirit?

How you name God as you pray tells more about you and how you were influenced in your faith than it tells about God. As long as you have a prayerful attitude, how you name God makes little difference.  Personally, I find myself using LORD, Lord God, or Jesus in my prayer life.  LORD refers to Yahweh in the Old Testament, the God who breaks into human history.  My worship professor suggested to use a variety of names for God to help us not put God in a box.  Holy Trinity, Hope of the nations, El Shaddai.  Jesus our rock, Holying Spirit, Startling God, blessed Redeemer, God the Mother of all things, Great Spirit, have all been used. (You try making a list.  It's fun in a group.)

I believe it is more important to have a prayerful life than to lose sleep over how we image God.  When the people of God pray either individually of as a group, Satan trembles.  As a pastor, I often emphasized when an older member died, that we needed 2 members to step it up and replace their giving and prayer.  When asked how you spend your time, how many of us could truthfully list prayer as one of them?