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We believe in a loving, redeeming God, creator of the universe and all humankind. God’s unfathomable capabilities are often beyond our comprehension. God will not wreak havoc on what is created, and sheds the first tear when misfortune falls. God grants grace and forgiveness continually, and inspires us to love one another.
We believe that Jesus was so aligned with and so faithful to God that his life is the consummate expression of God’s love and compassion for all humankind. For this reason, we believe that Jesus the Christ is teacher, mentor, friend, Lord, and Savior. We believe that Jesus shows us how to live a faithful and God-centered life and how to be fully human. We learn about this “new life” by studying, reading the Bible, hearing the Word preached, worshipping together, and by serving others.
We believe that in those times of joy or sorrow, in community or alone, when we sense a special nearness to God, we are experiencing the Spirit of God. God’s Holy Spirit gives us hope and gives us strength to live lives of faithfulness and love.
We believe that in response to God’s love we are to love and serve the world, return no one evil for evil, help the suffering, and hold on to all that is good. We recognize the church’s mission competes with secular pressures of work, family, consumerism, and recreation. Our families are involved in schools, community activities, housing and health issues, as well as local, national, and international political concerns. Conflicting demands make it difficult to listen to God’s call to commitment. We acknowledge these distractions, and rely on the Holy Spirit to infuse us with the necessary strengths and insight to meet them.
We live in a society with a growing lack of trust in religious, government, academic, and business institutions. This general atmosphere of mistrust endangers our faith. We are uncertain how to combat the current culture of consumerism and ambivalence toward organized religion. Recognizing these challenges, we believe our congregation’s sense of community, energy, compassion, and abiding faith are strong enough to sustain us through these times.
June 17th, 2013
Chilly on top of the bluff