Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Grace Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) is located in Ormond Beach, Florida. It faces A1A highway (which continues all the way to Key West), and is less than a block from the beach (Atlantic Ocean). Of the major Lutheran church bodies in the United States, the Missouri Synod is the most conservative. The Missouri Synod, by and large, does not think it proper or in accord with God's will, that the Missouri Synod associate with other Lutheran bodies. Generally speaking they reserve the Holy Eucharist (bread and wine) to members of the Missouri Synod. If possible, every Missouri Synod church tries to include a school as part of its parish so that their young members can know the "truth" and thus will be shielded from the temptations Satan puts in their path to confuse them.
The largest of the Lutheran bodies (and the most liberal) is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA allows all baptized Christians to participate in the Eucharist. The ELCA is ecumenical in its life and outreach. In recent years, an agreement was reached between the ELCA and the Protestant Episcopal Church, which allows pastors to serve parishes in either group.