All About Friendship
So Friendship is a community of faith, a church of Jesus Christ, a parish of the North Carolina Lutheran Synod, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, a hospital for sinners, a gathering of saints, a school of prayer, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and all kinds of wonderful. That's not the whole story, though. Before we go on, click on any of the underlined words above to get an idea of what we're talking about.
Lutherans Can Be a Puzzle.
We are Lutherans, and that means we like to think in paradox: That means two things at oncethat might seem to contradict each other. It seems illogical, but really paradox reveals some deep truths about all of us.
We, Friendship Church, are saints and sinners, both at the same time.
That means that although we all fall short of the glory of God, the blood of Christ has redeemed us, and we are saved by grace through faith. Neither that blood, that grace, nor that faith makes us perfect - we are still prone to sin. But we are Redeemed, and by that grace we stand.
We are Americans, North Carolinians, Tar heels, (some of us are Duke fans, but what can you do), and we are people native to this particular place. But at the same time, we are children of immigrants, and our European blood is still newly arrived, almost three centuries later, compared to the Cherokee, Tuscarora and Catawba blood that enriched this valley for millenia before that. So we are at home here, but we, in a sense, are wayfaring strangers as well. We sing songs about this very paradox: "For the Beauty of the Earth," and "I'll Fly Away." Put those two songs together, and you've got a paradox!
We are old and we are young: Our churchyard, or cemetary reminds us every time we gather here, that we are older than we imagine. The names, the legacies, and the memory of those folks buried out here live on - in their children, in their traditions, and in the legacy of love, commitment, and yes, friendship they leave to us today.
At the same time, however, we are young, always trying something new, some way to reach our community with the Gospel. If we'd been content to only baptize our own children, to preach to our own people, Friendship would have dwindled and disappeared decades ago. But we are always innovating, always changing. We can do this with confidence and success because we know where we come from, and we stand firm in the history and tradition of our forbears.
So that's us. Search our menu above to find out about our programs, our worship services, and our special events. We've been here a long time, and we can be set in our ways, but we're always eager to welcome new people - even if they are different from us. Maybe you're different, but maybe you'll feel right at home. Come and see!