What We Believe
A heritage of hope is born when…
the past is celebrated as a sign of God’s faithfulness
the present is affirmed as a gift of God’s creativity
the future is embraced as a journey of God’s leading
A heritage of hope is born when people believe that God not only has spoken, but is still speaking.
you know that God’s love embraces all persons equally, no matter where they are on life’s journey
We invite you to explore the many ways that God is still speaking,
We welcome you to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.
No matter who, no matter what, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are invited to share in our community of faith—our ongoing heritage of hope.
We love you. We strive to show our love to God by loving you.
We believe that you are created in God’s image.
We believe that we are called to follow Christ: in loving, in accepting, in teaching, in forgiving, in serving, in sacrifice.
We believe that your story, added to ours, will make us more whole.
We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources.
We believe that in Jesus Christ, we have found and experience the grace and love of God.
We believe that each person 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 place of that journey. We trust that the search is a way of growing into an authentic relationship with God.
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.
God, Jesus Christ and the Spirit are our foundation. It means we are grounded in the Bible, the sacraments of baptism and communion, and the liturgical church year. It means we sing hymns old and new, accompanied by organ or piano, in an architecturally traditional worship space. It means we are engaged in faith formation throughout our whole lives. It means we honor our Christian heritage without being bound by it.