Beliefs, Purpose, and Values

 God’s love is upon you, our church, and our world now and as we step into an unknown future.”-Psalm 33:22

Beliefs

Woodlake is committed to share the good news of Jesus Christ. 

 Values

Woodlake received “living water” from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis 1947.  Members of Our Saviour’s saw a need to share the good news of Jesus in Richfield and invested in us.  Woodlake started in homes, moved to Woodlake Elementary school, built a church at 72nd and Penn, and finally swapped buildings with St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, moving to our current location. 

Woodlake has a legacy of supporting and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  Woodlake has been deeply involved in outreach (grace), worship (forgiveness), and service (love) in our community throughout our history.  Most recently, Woodlake’s 2020 initiative has focused on investing in our future, reaching out to children, youth, and families, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to meet people where they are at. 

Purpose

Woodlake exists to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and God is calling Woodlake to particular areas of outreach, worship, and service.  We are proud of our particular ELCA Lutheran faith expression and proclaim God’s grace through Jesus Christ as a free gift for all people through word and sacrament.  We trust that God is leading our church and will guide us as we play a role in bringing God’s kingdom of grace (outreach), forgiveness (worship) and love (service), to our community.

 Outreach

†   “7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:7-15

Worship

†        “Let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.”  Revelation 22:17b

†        “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3

†        Jesus said, “And let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38

Service

†        “And whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” Matthew 10:42

†        “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” Amos 5:24

Mission Statement [Short form]

Share the good news of Jesus Christ 

Mission Statement [Long form]

During the next four years, Woodlake will focus on areas of outreach, worship, and service.  Woodlake exists to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  We are proud of our particular ELCA Lutheran faith expression and proclaim God’s grace through Jesus Christ as a free gift for all people through word and sacrament.  We trust that God is leading our church and will guide us as we play a role in bringing God’s kingdom of grace (outreach), forgiveness (worship) and love (service), to our community.