Our Unity is in Christ

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is located in the heart of Vienna, Virginia, just off Chain Bridge Road. We seek to

  • worship God together
  • love and serve our neighbors as Jesus commanded
  • follow the Holy Spirit to live out our callings as God's children

Emmanuel is also a part of the Metro D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Lutherans are Christians and followers of Jesus’ teachings. We believe we are saved by God’s grace of unconditional love, forgiveness, and eternal life given through Jesus Christ.

As people of God’s grace, we are called to love God, God’s beloved creation, and ALL of God’s children. We live out our faith by serving others and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ for all.

Reconciling in Christ Congregation
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In June 2020, Emmanuel became a Reconciling in Christ congregation and has made a public commitment to welcome, include, and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people and their loved ones. We welcome and affirm full participation by all because God loves and welcomes all.

About the ELCA

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the largest Lutheran group in North America, founded in 1988 when three North American Lutheran church bodies united.

As a congregation of the ELCA, we value

  • Dignity, compassion, and justice
    Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through the proclamation of the gospel, through worship, and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people.
  • Reconciliation
    As a people of God, we embody forgiveness in speech, action, and relationships, and our ministry in reconciliation is foundational.
  • Inclusion and diversity
    As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge the dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society.
  • Courage and openness to change
    Because we trust in God’s promise and understand faith to be a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, we are emboldened to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as a church. This means we are open to new ways and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.

A Brief Lutheran History

The Lutheran Church is a Christian denomination that grew out of the Reformation of the 16th century. Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, realized in reading the Bible that we are justified (made right with God) through the grace of Jesus Christ, and not through anything we do – we simply respond in faith by trusting that we are loved and saved by God. This central Lutheran belief is called “justification by grace through faith.”

The word “Lutheran” came to mean anyone who adhered to Martin Luther’s theology, believing in the great three principles of “Grace Alone,” “Faith Alone,” and “Scripture Alone.” To this day, these principles form the very essence of Lutheranism.

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone – not by anything we as humans do
  • Our salvation is through faith alone – a confident trust in God, who promises us forgiveness, life, and salvation
  • The Bible provides a basis for our faith and understanding of Jesus Christ