IBELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.
God has revealed Himself to us as “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” God is Trinity. God is Love. Love created us. Love holds us together. Love changes us, leads us, refines us, defines us, and heals us. God is in charge and has the whole thing covered – has us covered. God never ends.
God the Trinity – this divine fellowship of love – has fully and perfectly communicated Himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is God in the flesh, God as one of us, Love among us. This eternal fellowship of love has been fully shared with us so that we might fully share in God. This is good news. This is the Gospel.
The Bible is the written testimony of poets, prophets, kings, scribes, and disciples who knew God and who wanted to share their witness and experience of Him with the world. We believe the Bible is true and completely trustworthy, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the revelation of God’s unfolding plan for His universe.
The Creeds help us understand and articulate the mystery of God and to clarify Scripture. The two oldest creeds are the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. We agree with both.
The uniqueness of Jesus Christ
While religions and philosophies of the world are not without elements of truth, Jesus Christ alone is the full revelation of God. In and through the Gospel, Jesus judges and corrects all views and doctrines. All persons everywhere need to learn of him, come to know and believe in him, and receive new life in him.
Mission and missions
The Risen Lord commissioned his disciples to preach the gospel and to follow his commandments. The mission of the church includes both evangelistic proclamation and deeds of love and service. We affirm our particular responsibility to know, love, and serve the Lord in our local settings and contexts. Since the biblical pattern of witness moves from the local to the global, we endeavor to be well-informed about our local communities and active in evangelism, service, social justice, and cross-cultural, international mission, with particular concern for the poor of the world.
How We Worship
Prior to organized worship:
When we enter our place of worship prior to any service, we ought to privately do the following:
1. We confess to God our sins and trespasses.
2. We give him thanks for the blessings which we have received from his hand over the past week and pray for those in need.
In general, this is a time to prepare our hearts for Christian worship. Effectual and fervent prayer, we are told, availeth us much so let us remember to keep the world out and God in during this important time.
We are a liturgical church:
We follow an order of worship which includes the following mechanics in our services.
1. We stand when we sing, and when we hear a reading of the gospel.
2. We kneel (if we are able and where convenient) when we pray.
3. We sit for announcements, the sermon, and the reading of the epistle lesson.
4. When it is time to receive communion, we draw near to the holy table and kneel (or stand if one has trouble kneeling) to receive the elements. Communion is received by opening your mouth, sticking out your tongue, and the priest places the bread on your tongue. To receive the wine, one should grasp the cup either from the bottom with one hand and tilt it up, or guide the cup to one’s lips with both hands. We also permit intinction, or the dipping of the bread in the cup.
Our worship is a time to honor our heavenly Father as we lift up our prayers and praises to his throne of grace. We also honor him with our substance via our gifts and offerings, as well as with our undivided attention. There should not be any conversing with others and that includes cell phone and texting during the service. In fact, all cell phones should be switched off for our worship. If you are expecting an emergency call, please set your phone to “vibrate” rather than “ring”.