What We Believe
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God:
We believe in the Father, Creator of all that exists;
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became True Man to live perfectly in our place, to suffer and die for the sins of all humanity and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over sin, death and Satan;
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who creates and strengthens faith through God's Word and blessed Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are one God, coequal and coeternal;
We believe the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible to be the inspired inerrant Word of God and the final source of authority;
We believe an individual is eternally saved only by God’s free grace (undeserved love) through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior from sin;
We believe Christians are to demonstrate they have received saving faith by the power of the Holy Spirit by nurturing that faith in worship and Bible study and living lives of good works based on the will of God in the Ten Commandments;
We believe that all Christians are called to serve in the mission of Christ. To tell the good news about Jesus Christ so that others, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may believe and be eternally saved, and to give evidence of that mission calling in their everyday lives.
We believe Jesus Christ will return in glory one day to judge both the living and those who have died. All people who ever lived will bodily rise again from the sleep of death. Those who believe in Jesus as their Savior from sin He will grant eternal life in heaven.
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
- Christ our Lord says in Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..."
- We teach that the water included in God's command and combined with God's Word works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
We celebrate the Sacrament of the Altar
- With the confidence that our Lord gives us His very body and blood to eat and drink “in, with, and under” the bread and wine for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our union with Him and one another.”
- Trusting His words, repenting of all sin, and proclaiming His death until He returns.
- As a confession of our faith.
- Anyone who is not yet instructed, in doubt, or come from a different Christian tradition or confession and desires to receive the Sacrament is asked to first speak with a Pastor or Deacon.
We observe the Rite of Confirmation
- Where Catechisms confess the Apostles’ Creed and pledge themselves to a life of faithful participation in worship and the Lord’s Supper.
- Which marks the completion of instruction for both youth and adults.
- To learn about the faith received in Baptism.
- To learn what it means to live as God’s child.
- To prepare those instructed for a lifelong exploration of God’s Word.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School
24500 North Old McHenry Road
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois 60047
St. Matthew Early Childhood Center
24480 North Old McHenry Rd
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois 60047
Church & School Office Hours
Summer Hours (June-August)
Monday - Thursday 8:00am-2:30pm
Weekend Service Times
Saturday Evening: 5:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:45am