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

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Core Beliefs and Values


  • We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

  • Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

  • We experience God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who creates, redeems and guides, as expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene creeds.

  • Faith is received as a gift of God and our redemption is by God's grace alone, as expressed in the historic "Lutheran Confessions."

  • The Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion are an integral part of our worship and a driving power in our daily lives.

  • We embrace the Holy Bible (canonical Scriptures) as "the norm for the faith and life of the Church." The Bible reveals the Gospel and calls us to faith in Jesus Christ.

  • As part of the "priesthood of all believers," all members are called to be both disciples (learners/followers) and apostles (messengers/sharers) of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our worship, learning, witness and service.

  • Our passion for the Gospel shapes our mission and values.

  • Concern for individual dignity, integrity, honesty, kindness, and mutual trust are essential to our ability to function as the Body of Christ, as a community of faith.

  • We respect all people and seek to be inclusive in our ministry, welcoming those who would join us in mission, regardless of race, resources, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.

  • We believe individual and corporate Spiritual growth require a willingness to be open to the Holy Spirit, to take risks, to strategically move into uncharted waters, and to test new ideas, understanding that we will occasionally fail while seeking to grow through those experiences.

  • We are determined to focus on mission, trusting the Holy Spirit to liberate us to serve in as many ways as our God-given gifts allow, within and beyond our congregation.