God is the Creator who crafted the universe and everything in it. We know and worship God as a Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God reaches out to the creation in love, in ongoing acts of creation, redemption, and empowerment.
Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He embodies God’s fierce love for the creation and all humanity. Through his life, death and resurrection, God offers us forgiveness and the opportunity to renew our relationship with God now and forever. Christ’s righteousness judges us, in both our sin but also in our efforts at righteousness. Being Christ’s disciples means putting God first and loving our neighbors as ourselves. The Holy Spirit helps us to follow God’s path, which is revealed most clearly in Jesus’ life and teaching.
God has created all people in God’s image in a mysterious and wondrous manner that gives us the power to reflect God’s image and love to all, and thus glorify our creator. But we all fall short, breaking our relationship with God and other humans through sin. But God does not abandon us. We are forgiven, redeemed and made whole by Jesus Christ. We see all believers as grateful people, who are joining together to live more fully into God.
As Presbyterians, we are guided by Scripture. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the church universal, and God’s word to us. Our worship, our life together, and our service to God is set through our engagement with the Scriptures.
With Presbyterians across the country, we see the mission of the church as organized under 6 Great Ends. These are:
- the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;
- the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
- the maintenance of divine worship;
- the preservation of the truth;
- the promotion of social righteousness;
- and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
We work together to fulfill these aims that we believe come from the Spirit, speaking to the Church through the scriptures.
God is a Trinity, a never ending communal expression of love. In God’s making humanity in the divine image, God created humans for community lived through love. That is what we seek to be as the church: the community that God created us for and that Jesus has called us into through his power. While we are Presbyterians, we recognize that there are other Christian churches that are expressions of God’s love. We join them in glorifying God and in working to spread God’s love in the world.
As Presbyterians, we recognize that all people are created in the image of God, for God’s own mysterious and awe-inspiring purposes. We welcome all people, without regard for gender, age, race, ability, sexual orientation, or other differences to come and participate in the reception of God’s overwhelming love. We see all people as sinners whom God loves and forgives, drawing us into new lives of joy in God’s power.