What We Believe - St. Lucas UCC

"Blessed are they that hear the word of the Lord and keep it"

 

 

 

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Our church family is a congregation devoted to the call of Jesus Christ, working to do his will at St. Lucas Church, in the larger community, and in the world. One of our most important goals is to provide you and your family with Christian support and care, helping you grow in Christian faith as you share our fellowship. Worship provides strength, guidance and inspiration for us, helping us maintain our commitment to Jesus Christ and the work he calls us to do. We encourage you to join us regularly for weekly or seasonal worship.

That they may all be one. The motto of the United Church of Christ uses the prayer of Jesus as its own. It embraces the spirit of unity on which the church is based, pointing toward a future in which divisions in the body of Christ may be healed. We strive to be both a united and a uniting church, living together by this standard.

In essentials unity, in nonessentials diversity, in all things charity. The unity that we seek does not require an uncritical acceptance of any point of view. Nor does it insist on a rigid formulation of doctrine. It does require mutual understanding and agreement as to which aspects of the Christian faith and life are essential. The unity of the church is not of its own making; it is a gift of God. Expressions of that unity are as diverse as the individuals collected in the church. The thread that binds us together is love.

There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God's Holy Word. This classic statement assumes the primacy of the Bible as a source for understanding the Good News and as a foundation for all statements of faith. It recognizes that the Bible, though written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition. It declares that the study of the Scriptures is not limited by past interpretations, but is to be pursued with expectancy for new insights and contemporary relevance.

The priesthood of all believers. All members of the United Church of Christ are called to minister to each other and participate as equals in the common worship of God. Each one has direct access to the mercies of God through personal prayer and devotion. Recognition is given to those who have received special training in pastoral, priestly, teaching, and administrative functions, but these persons are regarded as ministers - servants - rather than authority figures.

Responsible freedom. As individual members we are free to believe and act in accordance with our perception of God's will for our lives, but we are called to live in a loving covenant relationship with one another, gathering in communities of faith, congregations of believers, and local churches. Each congregation is governed by the collective decisions of its members, guided by the working of the Spirit as revealed by the Scriptures. It is also called to live in a covenantal relationship with other congregations, sharing insights and cooperative action.

At St. Lucas church we affirm that the authority of God, revealed in Jesus Christ, and interpreted with the aid of the Holy Spirit, stands above and judges all human culture, institutions, and laws. We recognize our calling to live in our community, as faithful individuals and a responsible church.

Come share the challenge! St. Lucas Church works to reflect God's just and loving purposes for the world, ministering to the needs of the community, contributing to the general welfare, enriched by those aspects of culture that help to make life more human and more like the Kingdom of God.