Welcome to
Our Savior Lutheran Ministries!

We are so glad you stopped by.  For more than 60 years, Our Savior has been blessed to be a part of the Livermore community and serve the greater Tri-Valley region.

We look forward to meeting you and would love the opportunity to walk this journey of life together with you and your family.  Join us for worship this Sunday or connect with one of our various ministries. 

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Great Commission People

Having accomplished His ministry on earth, Jesus gathered the disciples on a mountain in Galilee and just before departing, charged them with their task moving forward. The disciples were to become the original Great Commission People. Jesus explained what their ministry was to be about moving forward with these words recorded in Matthew 28:19-20:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

While every Christian church is planted by God in a unique setting, with its own unique set of circumstances, challenges, and opportunities, they all are charged with that same charge. Therefore, seeking to understand the context of ministry in 21st century Livermore, we have articulated our purpose as Great Commission People as follows:

Why we exist?

Our Savior Lutheran Ministries exist to proclaim the Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ as we be, make and grow disciples of Jesus.

Our Vision

Engage

Engage People with a Great God

We seek to engage both young and old with God so that they might not only come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior but also be transformed by His ongoing presence and work in their lives.

We seek to help people to Engage with a great God through:

  • Worship opportunities
  • Daily prayer and time in the Word of God
  • School and preschool chapels
  • Classroom devotions and prayer time
  • An education that incorporates Jesus into the heart of all that we do

We are trying to create:

  • Worship as an integral part of the rhythm of life
  • All of life is seen as worship
  • Abide in God’s Word
  • An active prayer life

.Engage

Encourage

Encourage People within the Context of a Christ-Centered Community

We seek to foster and create significant Christ-centered relationships in which people are loved, cared for, nurtured, and encouraged every step of their journey.  We celebrate together in the best of times and mourn with one another in the worst of times.  As we do life together, we grow in love for God and for one another.  We not only live in and by grace but practice grace with one another.

We seek to Encourage people within the context of a Christ-centered community through:

  • Creating community through social events and small groups
  • Caring for people organically as well as through intentional care ministries
  • Fostering community through children and youth groups
  • Creating a welcoming, safe, caring, and nurturing environment throughout the ministry

Encourage

Equip 

Equip People for Lives of Following Jesus

We seek to learn together and from one another as we grow in Christ.  As we journey together, we gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to follow Jesus in our everyday lives and also make a difference as we carry out our unique callings wherever we are and in whatever we are doing.  As a follower of Jesus, we are equipped to abide in God’s Word, love others as Jesus has loved us, bear fruit as God works in us, and engage the big questions of the day with humility and Biblical faithfulness.

We seek to Equip people for lives of following Jesus through:

  • Providing Bible studies and small groups across the various ages and stages of life
  • Mentoring people for opportunities to serve and lead
  • Providing a top-quality Christian education
  • Teaching people how to engage with God in their daily lives through spiritual disciplines and to navigate the world where God has placed us

Equip

Launch 

Launching People into Lives of Mission

We recognize that a church, preschool, or school is not the destination.  Instead, Our Savior is a launching pad that sends each and every person with whom we do ministry out into the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus through the lives they live, the message of the Gospel they share, and the love of Jesus that flows through them to the people they meet.

We seek to Launch people into lives of mission through:

  • Sending every person to be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever they go
  • Helping people to see and embrace their roles in life as opportunities for ministry
  • Being an active presence in our community
  • Caring for the vulnerable in our community
  • Actively supporting local, national, and world missions
  • Providing opportunities to serve locally and globally through events and mission trips
  • Sending graduates from our preschool and school to be lights for Jesus as they continue their education
  • Actively reaching out with the love of Jesus to OSLS students and their families

Launch

Affiliation

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a denomination that confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith, a faith built on “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20).

The LCMS, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is mission-oriented and Bible-based. LCMS doctrine reflects the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther, as summarized in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Today, the LCMS has nearly 2 million baptized members in more than 6,000 congregations. Locally Our Savior is a part of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the LCMS. 

The Concordia University System which is comprised of 7 colleges and universities on 8 campuses plus 2 seminaries is a part of the LCMS providing quality higher education to over 35,000 students nationwide.  

The official LCMS  publisher for the LCMS is Concordia Publishing House located in St. Louis, MO.  

What is Baptism? 

Downloadable Baptism Brochure

Why do we Baptize?

Jesus Christ commands his followers in the last chapter of Matthew: “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., teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  (Matthew 28:19-20)

What is Baptism?

It is one of the ways God gives His grace to us. It is a gift of forgiveness for everyone. Just as parents bathe their children, God cleanses us from sin in the waters of baptism.

How Can Water Do These Great Things?

It’s not just the water, but the Word of God in and with the water. Without God’s Word the water is just plain water and not baptism.  But with the Word of God it is a baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of new birth in the Holy Spirit.  Baptism gives us God’s gift of forgiveness, salvation, new life and imparts the Holy Spirit and the promise of resurrection.

Who is baptism for?

Baptism is for everyone.  Children are baptized for the same reason as adults: because of the command and promise of God. God promises in baptism to give His gifts to all who receive it; therefore, infants and young children also have the promise of God. They are included in the words “all nations” (Matt. 28:19). Jesus specifically invites little children to come to Him (see Mark 10). Most importantly infants and children, just like adults need what baptism gives.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve already been baptized, should I do it again?

You don’t need to be baptized again if you were baptized in the Christian faith in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! (Ephesians 4:5).

What is the difference between a dedication and baptism?

A dedication is a man made ceremony where parents dedicate their child to the Christian life and dedicate themselves to raising their child as a Christian. While a dedication is a wonderful thing, it is not the same thing as  a baptism. Just like in a dedication, at a baptism parents, guardians and sponsors vow to raise their child in the Christian faith, but more importantly in baptism God is  working to bring grace, forgiveness, salvation, new life, resurrection and His Spirit.

How does a baptism happen at Our Savior?  

As Lutherans, we believe that the method of baptism is not what makes it effective but God’s work through the water and the word.  Generally we use a method known as sprinkling or pouring.   This happens as a small amount of water is placed upon one’s head using the words “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”   

When can a baptism happen?

Generally, baptisms happen as a part of a worship service.  That could be as a part of our Sunday morning or Sunday evening services or even a part of one our school or preschool chapel services.  There are also times when families have requested a private family baptism and those requests are accommodated whenever possible. 

What about sponsors or godparents?

The role of a sponsor or godparent is to pray for the child who is baptized, to live in such a way that they are an example of a godly life for the child, and to speak about Jesus to the child in the years to come. Sponsors are not required but if you choose sponsors they should be committed Christians who can fulfill these important roles.  Individuals may serve as sponsors even if they are unable to attend the service. 

How do we get baptized at Our Savior?

Step 1

Fill out the online request form below and then we will be in touch with you. 

 

Baptism Request

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Sponsors are not required but if you choose sponsors they should be Christians who believe the faith as expressed in the Apostles Creed and are committed to encouraging your child in their ongoing growth in the Christian faith.

Sponsors are not required but if you choose sponsors they should be Christians who believe the faith as expressed in the Apostles Creed and are committed to encouraging your child in their ongoing growth in the Christian faith.

Step 2

Meet as a family with our pastor to confirm the date, answer all of your questions about baptism, and discuss details about the day of the baptism, including what will happen as a part of the baptism.

Step 3

Get baptized!