What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inspiring Word of God. Gathered in its pages are a great variety of compositions that include story, guidance, wisdom, worship, vision, and correspondence. These compositions represent the encounter between human beings and God through 3000 years of history of the Jewish people, including the special stories, letters, and visions of those Jews who believed that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. Their original meaning reflects the times in which they were composed, and they have been reinterpreted in various ways by the various Christian communities who pondered them throughout 2000 years of Christian history. We hear and read them today, week by week and day by day, listening together for what the Holy Spirit may be saying to us through them for living according to God’s will in our time.
The Baptismal Covenant
Whenever we baptize someone, we all join in our own renewal of the Baptismal Covenant. This is our Covenant with God in which, in response to God’s promise to inaugurate the eternal life of the Kingdom of God in our present life in the power of the Holy Spirit, we in our turn pledge to renounce Satan, evil, and sinful living and devote ourselves to Jesus Christ and his Way.
We rehearse our faith weekly in the words of the Historic Creeds of the Church, especially the 2nd century Apostles’ Creed and 4th century Nicene Creed. The name “creed” comes from the Latin word credo meaning “I believe.” These creeds have summarized the Gospel in response to various experiences of Christians through the ages. These summaries bind us in community with Christians throughout time and space. We seek to understand their meaning for our time.
We believe in God as Trinity, one God, who created the world, gave human beings freedom to live according to his guidance or reject it, and has been about the work of redeeming us from Evil and Sin beginning with the call of Abraham and Sarah and culminating in the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon us.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus is the Savior of the World. There are many ways to understand what that means in the Christian Church. We believe that the Spirit of the Resurrected Christ is at work not only in Christians but in those who for many different reasons do not call upon his name. We seek to bear witness to the work of Christ in all persons in whom we are able to recognize it. We seek to be open to Christ making himself known to us through people of many creeds.
The Lord’s Prayer
We pray the prayer which our Lord taught us day by day. We pray for God’s name to be hallowed throughout the world, and for God’s Kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We entrust ourselves to God for our daily needs and pray to be both forgiven and forgiving people. We pray that God will makes us ever stronger in resisting the temptations to participate in evil.
We seek to live as disciples of Jesus, following him in ministering to the needs of the poor and the outcasts of our world. We seek to follow him in loving our enemies and rejecting the use of violence against them. We seek to be leaven in the loaf of the world, salt savoring the earth, the light of Christ shining in our dark world, until God completes the work of bringing to earth the kingdom begun in the calling of Israel in embodied in Jesus Christ and extended in the Church as the Body of Christ.