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Calvary Lutheran

Rio Rancho, NM

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Who We Are

Calvary Lutheran Church is a loving, caring and sincere congregation of sinners redeemed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our desire is to include visitors, welcome them and make them feel at home in the Lord’s House.

Distinctively Lutheran

Lutheran churches, including The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), are creedal churches. We subscribe to creeds (or “confessions”) which state what we understand to be the teachings of the Bible.

The Lutheran church derives its name from Martin Luther (1483–1546), an Augustinian monk whose posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 sparked the Reformation. The documents presenting what Lutherans believe, teach and confess as Christians were assembled and published in 1580 in The Book of Concord. We confess the teachings of the Book of Concord because we believe them to be a faithful exposition of what the Bible itself teaches.

Creedal & Confessional

Significantly, the very first documents included in The Book of Concord are the three ancient universal creeds compiled during the early, formative years of the Christian era—the Apostles’ Creed (ca. third century AD), the Nicene Creed (fourth century), and the Athanasian Creed (fifth and sixth centuries). Luther and the other writers of these confessions did not want to be doctrinal innovators. They, together with their contemporary descendants, maintain that we believe and teach nothing more and nothing less than what Christians through the ages have always believed.

The Gospel—the good news of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world—is at the core of everything we believe and teach. We Lutherans believe that sinners are justified (declared right) with the Creator God by grace alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide), on the basis of Scripture alone (sola scriptura). These three great “Reformation solas” form a handy outline of what Missouri Synod Lutherans believe, teach, and confess.

“Wherever the Word is heard, where Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, the absolution are administered, there you may conclude with certainty: ‘This is surely God’s house; here heaven has been opened.”– Dr. Martin Luther

What We Believe

Some Lutherans in America have taken up the trappings of the dominant Protestant culture in America, or worse, the entertainment industry. We have resisted–not because we reject change or because we ‘prefer’ to do things the way they “have always been done.” We believe that the Lord Serves us in the Worship service.  He feeds us with His word, He feeds us with His very body and blood and provides the very forgiveness of sins right here on earth.  We are fully committed to the Holy Scriptures, the Book of Concord, the study of the historic liturgy, and therefore receive our Lutheran heritage, including ceremonies, as grateful recipients.

If you have any questions about our worship, the pictures you see on this website or anything else regarding our congregation, feel free to contact Calvary Lutheran directly and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Our Beliefs & Values

With the universal (catholic not Roman Catholic) Christian Church, Calvary Lutheran Church teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Being Lutheran, our congregations accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther and the reformers which can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though we/ they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith Alone

By Christ’s suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time (Universal Justification), Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for all people by His precious blood and innocent death in our place. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it gives. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Word Alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

About the Divine Service 

Worship at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rio Rancho, is formal, reverent, and distinctively Lutheran. It is our hope that this website’s text and numerous photos convey that clearly. We want to make a clear confession that worship is this congregation’s central feature. God’s love is most clearly demonstrated when He distributes His gifts of Word and Sacrament to the body of Christ in the Divine Service.

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New to Calvary Lutheran Church!

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. We’re glad you’ve found your way to us!

Here’s the rundown to get you started:

  • Our Sunday Divine Services are at 9:00 am.
  • Listen to past sermons, or watch a sermon on our live stream.
  • We are a congregation of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod.
  • Learn more about what we believe.
  • Not sure what to expect? Give us a shout!

A special welcome to those with young children

We are very happy you are here today. At Calvary, we want you to feel at home.

  • First, please relax and enjoy your time here. Jesus knows that children tend to wiggle and squawk a bit, so please don’t feel embarrassed by it. Children are most welcome at Calvary.
  • To make it a bit easier on your family, please dare to sit toward the front where your children can easily see. Encourage them to note the colors, hear the music, watch the pastor, and embrace the action at the altar. What Jesus is doing here promises to engage them.
  • As we go along, softly explain the liturgy to your children, encouraging them to join in on parts. Amen! Lord have mercy! Our Father! These belongs to them too.
  • Be sure to sing, speak, and pray your parts also as you sit and stand. Your children learn by following your lead.
  • If you must leave, please hurry back. We want your children here.
  • If you need a little help, please ask. There are many people here who will lend you a hand.
  • If you are unable to keep your little ones in the service, there is a professionally staffed nursery located on the ground floor. The Little Lamb’s cry room is at the back of the Sanctuary.

Please know that while you are caring for your children, the rest of us will be rejoicing with you in Jesus words, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Luke 18:16-17 ESV) We know that your children are a gift to the Church, so we will do our best to welcome, encourage, and bless you all. Welcome to Calvary