Grace is the word we use to talk about God's love. Grace is the most important word in the Lutheran vocabulary. Because God's grace is shared in our worship through holy words and sacred ceremonies, we Lutherans sum up the core ministry of the church with the phrase "Word and Sacrament."
When we preach and teach the Word properly, then people learn about God's grace. Realizing how much God loves you and learning to live in that love are the most important lessons a person can learn in life.
God's grace is as real as the water of baptism and the bread and the wine of communion. In sacramental mystery, we join Jesus in his death and resurrection through the waters of baptism. Christ joins us, is really present with us, as we eat his holy meal.
In the celebration of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, we are linked to the living, loving presence of God. We are assured that no matter how far we wander away from God's purpose for our lives, there is forgiveness for us, and we are always welcome in God's place.