AFFIRMATION OF WELCOME
Lutheran Church of the Master is an open and affirming congregation that welcomes all people, inclusive of all sexual orientations. Our message to the LGBTQ community is that your faith is a gift of love. God is love! God made us good. The Spirit empowers us for lives of love. Together we celebrate the message of God's inclusive love with 18 other Lutheran churches in the greater Los Angeles area.
We at Lutheran Church of the Master also celebrate the recent Supreme Court decisions concerning same sex marriage. We are also thankful to the 9th Circuit Courts for allowing same sex marriages to proceed in California. These decisions by the courts allow us to do our job as a church with dignity: blessing, supporting, and encouraging mutually loving human relationships. So Lutheran Church of the Master is happy to perform marriages, different-genders, same-sex, traditional, modern, because we believe that God is constantly and with equity blessing, supporting, encouraging all mutually loving human relationships.
Lutheran Church of The Master is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, celebrating lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and queer people created in God’s image. We affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Christ has made us one. The rainbow candles in the east transept are a symbol in worship of Lutheran Church of The Master’s affirmation of welcome for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. All people are welcome at Lutheran Church of The Master, and at all Reconciling in Christ congregations.
In 2009 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our national church, reversed its policy of requiring LGBTQ pastors to be celibate, and now partnered LGBTQ pastors are joyfully serving congregations throughout the United States.