WHAT WE BELIEVE
WHAT WE BELIEVE
WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY TRINITY, THE TRIUNE GOD:
God the Creator, Jesus Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.
WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON, AS A BELOVED CHILD OF GOD, IS UNIQUE AND VALUABLE.
It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.
WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS ON A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.
"FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE
HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES
IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE"
WE BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THE BAPTIZED BELONG BODY AND SOUL TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST
No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community's promise of 'love, support and care' for the baptized – and we promise that we won't take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.
WE BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE OF FAITH ARE INVITED TO JOIN CHRIST AT CHRIST'S TABLE FOR THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.
WE BELIEVE THE WE ARE CALLED TO BE A UNITED AND UNITING CHURCH.
"That they may all be one." (John 17:21) "In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity," These mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. Our church has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. We are known for our commitment to excellence in preparation, faithful interpretation of the Scripture and sharing the Love of Jesus Christ with the world. Love , unity and faithfulness in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.
WE BELIEVE THAT GOD CALLS US TO BE SERVANTS IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS
and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'