If you are new to church, done with church, or a life-long Lutheran, we are glad you're here. We invite you to take a few minutes to explore our website and learn about this Christ-centered community in the heart of North Buffalo. Whoever you are, wherever you are, we hope you know that you are loved and you matter.
This may not come as a surprise to anyone ... but we are far from perfect. We are a community trying our best to live out an authentic faith. We take seriously our Creator’s command to love God and love our neighbor. Parkside Lutheran Church believes the love of Jesus transforms lives, communities, and this world.
In worship we gather around Word and Sacraments; Baptism and Holy Communion. We might hear a classic hymn on organ or maybe a newer praise song played on guitar. What matters is that worship reminds us we are loved, forgiven, and filled with God’s grace. Worship prepares us to walk through the doors and be the church out in the world. We will never be perfect, but at Parkside you will find a community eager to welcome you, and serve our neighbors.
We are a church that walks by faith, trusting God's promise in the gospel, and knowing we exist by and for the proclamation of this gospel word. We proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for the life of the world. As the apostle Paul wrote (Romans 1:16-17), and echoed in our Constitution (2.02), we are not ashamed of this gospel ministry because it is God’s power for saving all people who trust the God who makes these promises. “We are to fear and love God, so that we do not despise preaching or God’s word, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear it and learn it”, (Small Catechism). God’s word, specifically God’s promise in Jesus Christ, creates this liberated, confident, and generous faith. God gives the Holy Spirit who uses gospel proclamation – in preaching and sacraments, in forgiveness, and in healing conversations – to create and sustain this faith. As a Lutheran church, we give central place to this gospel message in our ministry.
We understand that to be Lutheran is to be ecumenical – committed to the oneness to which God calls the world in the saving gift of Jesus Christ, recognizing the brokenness of the church in history, and the call of God to heal this disunity.
(Picture to the right shows Buffalo Burrito Project. A Ministry of Parkside that serves meals in downtown Buffalo)