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What it means to be Presbyterian

 

WE ARE A COVENANT PEOPLE

 

            We believe we are claimed by love by the living God and called to be disciples by the Holy Spirit, and we are committed to making an effective witness in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

WE ARE A SERVANT PEOPLE

 

            Grounded in the biblical narrative and nourished by the Reformed tradition, we are challenged by the urgent and continually unfolding needs of our changing world.

 

WE ARE A MISSION PEOPLE

            Nurtured by the community of faith and empowered through prayer and praise, confession and thanksgiving, we are sent forth to heal the sick, to feed the hungry, to teach the Word of God, and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Our witness is expressed in crowded cities and remote villages, on suburban streets and family farms.

 

Our ministry is done through congregations where faith

is lived out in daily work and worship, nurture and outreach.

from the promise of birth to the last breath of the dying, our

churches encircle people with care.

 

Our witness is expressed as we advocate mercy and show

compassion, remembering the words of our Lord: Truly, as

you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters,

you did it to me.

   

We seek reconciliation in our families, in our communities,

among different races and ethnic groups, between women

and men, old and young, rich and poor. We promote justice

in the halls of government and in economic systems, and we

strive for harmony among nations around the world.

 

Our ministry is shaped as we learn from Scripture and from our historical confessions, by the rich diversity within our family of faith and by examples of sacrifice and celebration in the church universal.

 

Through listening and learning, we build mission partnerships,

sharing mutual empowerment which leads to an authentic

missionary presence in today's world and a prophetic vision of tomorrow.

 

Our witness is made throughout the whole world as we respond to Jesus Great Commission with new vigor and proclaim with bold actions and creative strategies that the Good News leads to abundant life in Jesus Christ.

 

We are the Presbyterian Church ( U.S.A. ), a covenant people- a servant people- a mission people. As responsible stewards, we joyfully return to the work of ministry a portion of the many blessings which God has entrusted to us.  In doing so, we thankfully reflect upon our past and look with hope to a future when all Gods people will be one.

 

 

 

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