The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word
597 East Avenue
Rochester, N.Y. 14607
(585) 244-6065
Fax (585) 244-5480


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 



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A Brief History

Incarnate Word was formed in 1960 from a merger of two of the area's oldest Lutheran congregations, Zion (1831) and Concordia (1877).   The current building was completed in 1962 at the corner of
Goodman and East Avenue.

Our Mission and Statements


Called, gathered, and transformed by God, we seek to share Christ and serve all people.  


We believe God calls us to use our unique gifts at Incarnate Word to awaken us and others to the Gospel, equip all of us for discipleship, and send us out for ministry. With this call in mind, we will strengthen our ministries by expanding efforts to reach the unchurched, enhancing our care of members, providing specific means for growth in faith and service, and encouraging additional outreach compatible with our mission. We will become a more "mission oriented" congregation.

Stained Glass and Mosaics

Symbolism at Incarnate Word  revolves around the "The Word of God Communicated" theme, and vivid stained glass windows adorn one side of  our church. The images were custom designed, and various images portray:

Gorgeous Stained-Glass Windows

  • The Word of God
  • The Word Incarnate

  • The Word Proclaimed

  • The Word in Action

  • The Fruit of the Word


Specially-designed mosaics are on the opposite side of the church. Typical of these is the Hand of God reaching down from Heaven and connected with the flow of the sky, the mountains, and the water.

Incarnate Word Logo

The Incarnate Word Logo




From our Incarnate Word name, the letters "I" and "W" are the core of our logo. The letter "I," drawn as a candle, illuminates the Word, symbolized by a book whose covers and spine form the letter "W." Our logo reminds us that, "Your Word is a lamp to guide me, and a light for my path."