We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

 

Our Mission – LOVE1st

 

Our Purpose

In everything we do we will love first; God, each other, and our neighbors.

 

Our Core Values

Live and worship in joyful relationship with God

Open ourselves to one another as a diverse community of Spirit

Venture together on a hopeful journey into healing, overflowing life through Christ

Engage together in a life of service for our downtown neighbors and the wider world

 

Our Beliefs

Below are our beliefs in brief, if you would like the entire statement of faith from the Presbyterian “Book of Confessions” click this button.

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If you have any questions, or would like clarification on any of these points, please contact us.

 

GOD as the Creator of the universe.

JESUS the CHRIST as the incarnation of God on earth.

The HOLY SPIRIT as the presence of God in the world and in the believer.

The CHURCH as a universal company of Christ’s followers.

FORGIVENESS OF SIN as made possible by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

LIFE EVERLASTING – also as a gift made possible through Jesus as the Christ.

The BIBLE as the inspired Word of God, and the authoritative source for faith and practice.

The denominational name – Presbyterian – comes from the Greek word presbyterios which means “elder.” The name refers to our form of government, and signifies that a group of elders are responsible for church government, rather than a bishop or group of bishops.

 

In life and in death we belong to God.

Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit,

we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,

whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in Jesus Christ,

fully human, fully God.

Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:

preaching good news to the poor

and release to the captives,

teaching by word and deed

and blessing the children,

healing the sick

and binding up the brokenhearted,

eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified,

suffering the depths of human pain

and giving his life for the sins of the world.

God raised this Jesus from the dead,

vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

We trust in God,

whom Jesus called Abba, Father.

In sovereign love God created the world good

and makes everyone equally in God’s image,

male and female, of every race and people,

to live as one community.

But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.

Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation.

Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.

In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people

to bless all families of the earth.

Hearing their cry,

God delivered the children of Israel

from the house of bondage.

Loving us still,

God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.

Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,

God is faithful still.

We trust in God the Holy Spirit,

everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,

sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.

The same Spirit

who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church.

In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage

to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,

we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks

and to live holy and joyful lives,

even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,

praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

With believers in every time and place,

we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.