Synod has accepted an application from the Antioch Lutheran Church to become a member of the LCA and LCAQD.
Bishop Mark told delegates and visitors that it had been a 15-year journey for the congregation, beginning at St Mark’s Mount Gravatt.
The name Antioch is significant as the place where Christians were first called Christians. The church at Antioch was formed by Christian foreigners who had moved there from other places and evangelized their community. Then, while they were worshipping the Lord, the Holy Spirit led them to set aside Paul and Barnabas and they became a sending church for the sake of the nations. This name reflects the heart of Antioch Lutheran Church today.
Pastor Charlie Mach said he was pleased and excited for the congregation to become members of the church.
“We will carry this blessing to others,” he said, and underlined this intent by praying for those gathered and their congregations.
Bishop Mark said his heart was rejoicing with the new congregation.
Pastor Matthew Thomas of sending church St Mark’s Mount Gravatt spoke of mixed feelings of sadness that the Antioch community is going out and incredible joy for their maturity in Christ.