Hospitality

We seek to embody the sense of compassion, fellowship, warmth, and acceptance we see in the life of Jesus, recognizing the image of God in every person, especially the stranger.

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. (from the book of Hebrews 13:1-3)

Inclusion

We recognize that all people are created by God and deserve dignity, honor, and respect. We affirm and welcome the gifts and talents of all people.

Then Simon Peter began to speak, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears God and does what is right.” (Simon Peter, as quoted in the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-35)

Mission

We imitate the practice of Jesus in connecting with people outside of the religious assembly. We follow Jesus to other cultures and communities, sharing the love of God in physical, social, and spiritual ways.

What does God require of you, but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God?
(Micah the prophet, in the Prophecy of Micah 6:8)

Growth

We emphasize spiritual formation and growth in Christian living through spiritual practices such as prayer, study, service, and observance of the Christian calendar.

Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
(from the Gospel of Luke 2:52)

Simplicity

We have adopted the phrase “Sacred and Simple.” We aspire to be a community of healing and renewal.

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy, does not boast, is not proud. Love does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs. Lobe does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love also protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
(Paul the Apostle, in the First Letter to Corinth 13:4-7)

Worship

Worship is central to our congregational life. We invoke God as creator, Jesus as savior, and Spirit as empowering presence through our silence, singing, praying, scripture reading, and gospel preaching.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. come before God with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is God who made us and we belong to God. We are the people of God, the sheep of the Lord’s pasture. Enter the gates with thanksgiving and the courts of God with praise. Give thanks to God and praise the Lord. For the Lord is good and the love of God endures for ever. God’s faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100)

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