Crave Life is a beautiful group of folks figuring out how to be liturgical, Christo-centered, social justice-oriented, queer-inclusive, incarnational, contemplative, ancient and future church with a progressive but deeply rooted Lutheran theological imagination. We are a sacramental community, which simply means that we love communion and baptism. Rooted in Lutheran theology, we believe these are gifts from God and therefore offered freely to anyone who wants them.
We believe in the Holy Scriptures. In words of grace, compassion, courage and non-violence. Although it has been misread by many, we are seeking to reclaim the true essence of the words of this book revealed in Christ Jesus. The Holy Scriptures assist us in knowing what is means to be human and moreover, we can draw from thousands of years of wisdom. These words are both known and unknown, they provide both ambiguity and clarity, they are both absolute and ever-evolving. There is both joy and depth in the Bible and it moves us to care for more than ourselves, it points us towards justice and it altars the way we engage with God, neighbor and earth. For grace is a gift from God, it insists on awareness to doing nothing, and in response it drives one to action, to doing something.
Martin Luther once said, "the Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me."
How good and pleasant it is when God's people live in unity
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them.Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other.
(1 Corinthians 11:33 in context of verses 17-32)
We CONFESS the Apostles' Creed:
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
We CONFESS the Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
We PRAY The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Another theological thought:
We are more concerned with life before death than life after death.