About us

310 S 3rd St. Westcliffe, CO 81252

Why Hope Lutheran Evangelical Congregation Exists:
  • Hope Lutheran exists to equip and encourage everyone in an authentic walk through life with Christ.

    Congregants are transformed into His image by truly knowing Him through study and application of His word, prayer and gathering regularly to hear His Word proclaimed, to praise Him, pray together and join Him at the table through Holy communion.
  • To make us ready, with the power of the Holy Spirit, with an answer for the hope that lies within us, ready to share Him with those who intersect our lives.
  • To discover our spiritual gifts and talents and use them to serve Him with passion and joy wherever He leads!

We are the current generation of Hope Lutheran Evangelical Church which was organized in 1872 by German immigrants in pursuit of a life with Christ and for Christ. We currently gather in a beautiful sanctuary that was erected in 1917 in the town of Westcliffe.

Hope Lutheran is a member of the Missouri Synod and appreciates and practices a confessional service. This means that the acknowledgment of sinfulness in public or private is regarded as necessary to obtain divine forgiveness. We also observe the Christian Year (aka Liturgical Year or Church Year) which is bound to enrich your worship, your faith and your relationship with God.

Who is Jesus?

For more than 2,000 years people have asked the question, "Who is Jesus?". We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible we have the record of his birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Study of the Bible, God's Word, will enable you to seek out the answer to this age-old question.

What does "Synod" mean?

The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean "walking together." The term has rich meaning in our church body, because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions which they believe are a correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine (teaching). Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest of these is Luther's Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.