Practices that Identify Us
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42) We believe that prayer is our direct line to God. More than just meditation, prayer is how we hear from God and share our burdens with Him.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD.” (Psalm 84:1-2) We strive for worship that is honest with the challenges of life and yet speaks hope into the darkness. Our prayer is that our worship connects people to God and to one another in service.
“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity.” (2 Corinthians 9:11) We believe that when we give of ourselves, our gifts and our time, that our souls are blessed, our priorities realigned, our relationships strengthened, and our service to our community fulfilled.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) We believe that service is not an addition, but the very essence of our faith. To love God is to love others, and when you love others, you love God.
“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7) We believe that every person is a child of God, and our call as the church is to create a safe and welcoming place for people to build relationships with Christ and each other.
(For more information on these ideas, we encourage you to pick up a copy of Bishop Robert Schnase’s book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations)